Natalie Caddell

Hello to all! My name is Natalie Caddell and I am so excited to be beginning this journey with you here on Cuddlebugs. You may remember me as a TummyTime blogger. I thoroughly enjoyed writing about my pregnancy and the first four months of my daughter Kayleigh’s life. Now that she’s a little older, I look forward to sharing my experiences as a mom of two children, Wesley 5 years, and Kayleigh 7 months. To catch up on my story, click here. I have lived in eastern North Carolina my entire life. My husband, Lawrence and I began dating in 2003 and were married in December 2005. In April 2007, we decided we wanted to try and start a family. Within a few months we were pregnant and on March 19, 2008 we had our son Wesley Lawrence Caddell. I am an elementary teacher that has taught for seven years at a magnet school. In those seven years, I have taught third grade for 3 years, fifth grade for 3 years, and Kindergarten for 1 year. In September 2010, we decided that we would like to start trying for a brother or sister for Wesley. Little did we know, how long it was going to take us! After all, it had only taken us a couple of months before. After going to the doctor and following specific schedules nothing seemed to work! We scheduled an appointment with a local fertility specialist in April 2012. We were supposed to start running tests soon thereafter. However, my period was already a few days late. We decided we would wait to start any tests until after I started. On April 29th, I finally decided to take a test. I took the test and walked out of the room. I returned in 3 minutes and I about fell in the floor after seeing the results! I was finally pregnant!!! My daughter’s birth on December 28, 2012 made our family complete. The past 7 months have definitely been memorable, exciting, and somewhat challenging! I can’t wait to share more of our experiences with you!


Baby Proofing

I baby proofed my entire house. Actually my father did when he helped us move. He put in a baby gate at the top and bottom of the stairs, tied up blind strings, covered everything and put breakables up high.

Now everything needs to be improved. Abigail has grown so much that she is getting things that I thought were put up high just a month ago. Baby proofing is proving to be a never-ending thing.

Abigail loves to climb the stairs. She is really good about getting to the top and closing the gate herself. When she comes to my bedroom she shows me everything that is in her reach now. She really likes to throw my undies all over the room.

She can reach the top of the dining room table now so I have to actually keep that clean. It seems to be the catch all for the house so it’s a struggle. Her most recent scare was eating some sunscreen. She didn’t get enough to go to the hospital but enough to show me that she can reach the table now.

What’s next? Do I have to baby proof the car before she decides to drive away? 

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