January 2OO9: I was 8 months pregnant and HUGE! So ready and anxious to meet my lil guy. My mom and Marisa threw me the best baby shower ever! All my girlfriends & family was there, we played the best baby shower games, took two hours to open all the gifts for Cayden & ate the best cupcake cake. Yummmm.
February 2OO9: The month that forever changed my life...for the better of course. I began my maternity leave 5 days before my scheduled C-Section. On February 11th at 2:O3pm I became a mom for the first time. It was definitely love at first sight. Cayden weighed in at 7lbs 8oz, which was smaller than what the doctor said he would be.March 2OO9: I was adjusting to my new life as a mommy. At this time I felt super exhausted and emotionally drained, but I was still totally in love with the little fella. I also turned 23 this month.
April 2OO9: At the beginning of this month Cayden and I moved into my parents house. I feel it was the best decision for both of us. I was totally depressed while living in the apartment. Cayden celebrated his first Easter, which wasn't really fun cus he was still so little. I also had to return to work during this month. 8 weeks went by way too fast. I cried every morning for the first week.
May 2OO9: I was juggling a 3 month old baby and a full time job. It was so so hard to leave Cayden 8-9 hours a day. I could not wait to get off work & rush home to see him. Also celebrated my first Mothers Day. At this point he was a GREAT sleeper, slept all through the night in his crib. Mom was lucky!
June 2OO9: During this month, the company I had been working for for almost 4 years decided to lay me off. (Geeeee, thanks...I just had a baby and now you're laying me off). I was the 5th person to be laid off from this company, yet the first one to be denied of unemployment benefits. I won't get into that bs though, it makes me mad. All I could do was believe in Karma, what goes around comes around. Also this month, my sister & brother in law drove out from El Paso to drop off my niece and nephews to stay for a couple weeks. Cayden & I spent our days, hanging out & playing with his cousins.
July 2OO9: At the beginning of this month my parents, Cayden & I drove the kids back to El Paso. Cayden did so great on his first road trip. We only had to stop once for him and his poopy diaper. We didn't get to stay long in Texas cus there was a bit too much drama. This was also the month my dad let my nephew & his B of a girlfriend stay with us until they got on their feet.
August 2OO9: I was still unemployed and loving being a stay at home mommy. I can't really think of anything MAJOR that happened this month. Around this time Cayden was choosing mommys bed over his crib. Ohhh, I took Cayden to get his 6 month pictures done. They turned out super cute, of course. And Cayden was able to hang out with Talon & Tylie.
September 2OO9: Still unemployed at this point and quickly running out of my savings. Began to turn in applications at all kinds of places this month. Oh & Cayden was sitting up on his own by this point.
October 2OO9: No luck in finding a job yet. My brother in law brought the kids out for another visit and to celebrate Alyssa's 11th Birthday. (Still can't believe how grown she is). It's always a great time when they come to visit cus I sure do miss them when they're not here. Cayden celebrated his 1st Halloween. He was Spot the dalmation...many people confused him for a cow though. He wasn't too thrilled about trick-or-treating. I'm sure he will learn to love it in the upcoming years though.
November 2OO9: Still haven't found a job & starting to stress out about it. Cayden celebrated his 1st Thanksgiving, which was just like another ordinary day for him. We went to my Grandma Mauricette's for dinner. Cayden wore a shirt that said, "Who you calling a Turkey?" So funny. Big news this month, Cayden got his very first TOOTH. Only took him 9 months. Also, at the end of this month I took Cayden for his Christmas pictures. Super cute, my little guy is such a ham.
December 2OO9: Woo Hoooooo, I finally found a job this month. Part time, 3 days a week 12:3O to 5. I love it though, and love the people I work with. It's so nice to have a little bit of income. My brother in law brought the kids back to Arizona to celebrate Christmas. Which I was super happy about. I asked my nephews & niece what their favorite present was this Christmas and when my niece said her answer I got tears in my eyes. Her favorite part was coming to Arizona to spend Christmas with us. I miss them SO much. Cayden celebrated his 1st Christmas this month. He got a TON of toys that he could care less about. He wanted nothing to do with ripping the wrapping paper off those things. So mommy had to do it, lol. Like with Halloween, he'll love it in the years to come.
And now, it's already January 2O1O. Cayden will be 11 months in just a week. I'm working on getting his Birthday Party invitations out. I still can't believe my baby is gonna be 1. It's happening way too fast. I am trying to cherish every second I can.