Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lucy at 13 Months

13 Months on October 29, 2014 
 
Less than one week after Lucy's 1st birthday, she took her first few steps on her own!  I knew she was getting so close to walking last month and she finally took 3-4 steps the day after her birthday party at Grandma & Grandpa's house with Todd & I, her grandparents, and her uncle & (soon-to-be) aunt watching.  We were all sooo excited!  That first week after she started walking, she still crawled most of the time and every day would get a little bit more confident and take a couple more steps.  I think she was up to about 10-12 steps by the end of that week.  The second week was a different story!  Things really clicked for her and she was walking non-stop and if she fell down, she didn't even try to crawl, she'd just stand back up and start walking again.  I'm still not quite used to hearing the pitter patter of her feet on our hardwood floor and seeing her little face peak around the corner if I'm in the kitchen. 
 
She seems to be a little bit clingier this month too which I read can happen between 12-18 months.  She definitely isn't attached to my leg but for the most part, she likes me (or Todd) to be in the room with her.  If I go to the bathroom, she immediately follows me and hangs out.  We went to a few parties this month and it takes her a little bit to warm up to adults, especially males, but she has no problem giving hugs to other little babies & kids immediately.  As long as she has someone or something to play with, she's happy.
 
I think I've said this the past couple months but I think she's finally getting more teeth!  It looks like I can start to see something white starting to poke through the top of her gums and I'm praying she's going to have her two front teeth by her next monthly update.

 
Weight: I'm guessing around 21.5 pounds, her next appointment is in December (she was 20 lbs 11 oz on September 30, 2014 at her 12 month appt)

Length: I'm guessing around 31-31.5 inches, her next appointment is in December (she was 30.5 inches on September 30, 2014 at her 12 month appt)

Clothes: Lucy is wearing 12 month, 12-18 month, and 18 month clothes (size depends on brand) as well as size 3 diapers and size 4 shoes.  A lot of the 18 month clothes are still really big on her but I hadn't bought a ton of 12 month clothes so we're making do.

Eating: She pretty much eats anything and everything at this point and we're typically giving her the same thing we're eating for dinner most nights.  We gave her peanut butter this month too and she had no problem with it....thank god!  Breakfast is around 8:00 AM, lunch is around 12:00 PM, and dinner is around 6:00 PM with a snack after her nap in the afternoon around 4:30 PM.  I'm still using my freezer stash of pumped milk and will probably run out this month so we're slowly starting to add some whole milk to it to transition her.  I really don't think it'll be a problem because she will pretty much eat anything we give her and am hoping it will be the same for what she drinks.

Sleeping: Again, nothing has changed in the sleep department except she has been skipping a nap every few days or it's taking a lot longer for her to fall asleep for naps. She usually takes 2 naps, one around 9:30/10:00 AM and a second one around 2:30/3:00 PM, and they're anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours.  She goes to bed at night between 7:30-8:00 PM and gets up between 7:00-7:30 AM.

Likes: Walking & being on the move, reading books (especially ones with flaps!), playing with the TV remote (we took the batteries out of an old remote...aren't we tricky!)

Dislikes: Being told no (especially when it involves crawling onto the fireplace), not getting food or a drink from us fast enough

Milestones: 1st birthday party (October 4), started walking!! (October 5)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Boo at the Zoo

We had an extremely busy weekend but it was nice to take a couple hours on Sunday to let Lucy hang out with one of her friends, Olive.  Although, I should add, I'm pretty sure Todd & I were more excited to hang out with Olive's parents, Lynn & Nathan.  It was a beautiful day outside and it might have been one of the last weekend days with great weather so we decided to meet up at the Columbus Zoo for Boo at the Zoo.
 
Lucy & Olive wore their Halloween costumes (they were adorable...obviously) and while we attempted to go to the treat stations to get candy (primarily for me), it was way too crowded and Lucy wasn't happy when I ate her candy.  We ventured back over to the zoo area and decided to check out the Heart of Africa exhibit one more time before it closed for the rest of fall & winter and we finished our trip at the aquarium.
 
The cutest little piggy and lion you'll ever see....Lucy didn't like the hat part of her costume that had the pig face on it so we couldn't even get a picture with her in it, hopefully we have better luck on Friday for trick-or-treat

BFFs playing

Lucy going in for the hug
 
This girl LOVES to give hugs
 
Lynn & I with our daughters...and our practically matching outfits (neutral shirts, crossbody purses, jeans, Toms, and our puffy vests which we had already taken off because it was too hot)

 Me & Lucy

Lucy & Olive checking out the prairie dogs

Little piggy hanging out in the aquarium with her dad

Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekly Recap: October 20-26

I subbed an extra class this week and also took a new (to me) class at System of Strength yesterday called In the Mix, which was a mix between their Clocked class (cardio) and Control class (strength).

Monday: walked 4 mi on treadmill
taught 1 hr Spin Core

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Wednesday: walked 3 mi on treadmill; 20 min Tabata workout

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: 1 hr Control class at System of Strength
walked 2 mi w/ Lucy

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 1 hr In the Mix class at System of Strength

TOTAL: walked 9 mi

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Perfect Fall Weekend

We had the ultimate fall weekend....pumpkins, football, and more pumpkins! 
 
Todd took off of work on Friday so early in the afternoon we drove about 45 minutes south of Columbus to go to the Circleville Pumpkin Show.  This is one of my all-time favorite events and it was our 7th time going together!  I was even more excited this year because Lucy is big enough to actually watch the action and eat some of the yummy pumpkin treats.  Last year, she literally slept in the ergo carrier the entire time.
 
Lucy was eying my fried cheese on a stick
 
It was a record year for growing pumpkins...the winner set the show record at over 1900 pounds!

Traditional family photo

Eating pumpkin chili while waiting in line at the bakery for pumpkin donuts

The famous world's largest pumpkin pie

So many pumpkin donuts!  

Todd trying something new this year...a pumpkin coney dog

And ending the day with pumpkin pizza and a pumpkin buckeye (which was huge!)

Todd & I
 
Lucy last year compared to this year
 
On Saturday afternoon, Todd & I dropped Lucy at my parents' and we headed down to campus for the Ohio State vs. Rutgers football game.  We had the worst seats ever (last row in B deck) and I could literally only see about 30 yards of the entire field.  I cannot believe OSU charges what they do for these seats and we luckily moved at halftime and had a much better view.
 
  View from where I was sitting

Zoomed in on the end zone when the team came out

Todd & I

Hey, at least we had something to lean against!

Our view once we moved seats to where Todd's cousin was sitting

Todd & I with his cousin

One more of the two of us
 
On Sunday afternoon, we took Lucy on her first trip to the pumpkin patch at Jacquemin Farms.  They had some bouncy toys set up for kids and a store with pumpkin donuts, cider slushies, and other treats but the real reason we went was to take a hayride to the pumpkin patch.  Lucy loved it and liked getting dirty in the hay and dirt.
 
Trying to walk on the gravel in her boots

Hayride to the patch

Making our way into the pumpkin patch

Lucy picked out a good one but it was a little too big

Todd cutting our smaller pumpkin off the vine

Hanging out

We picked out a mini pumpkin too for Lucy

Waiting for the tractor to take us back

She was fascinated with the tractor

I see our cute little pumpkin peaking out!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekly Recap: October 13-19

Love that I'm able to add a bit more variety to my workouts now that my back is feeling better and stronger.  I was finally able to go back to System of Strength and take a class.  I did the 1 hour Control class on Friday morning which is basically an hour of strength training.  It doesn't involve any jumping or high intensity cardio (which is good since I'm not cleared to do that yet) but I was definitely working up a good sweat lifting my 8 pound dumbbells and resistance bands. 

Monday: walked 4 mi on treadmill; Jackie Warner Xtreme Abs DVD (15 min)

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Wednesday: walked 6 mi on treadmill

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: 1 hr Control class at System of Strength
walked 2 mi w/ Lucy

Saturday: 45 min Spinning

Sunday: Rest

TOTAL: Walked 12 mi

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"I Love Lucy" Birthday Party

Lucy turned one over 2 weeks ago already on September 29 and we had her birthday party the following weekend on October 4.  I knew for awhile we were going to do an "I Love Lucy" themed party...or rather a "We Love Lucy" themed party.  It was pretty much a no brainer and I thought it a cute, unique theme.  We invited quite a few people and were so excited to have almost 40 people show up to help us celebrate our favorite little girl.  We had both sets of grandparents there and both of Lucy's aunts & uncles as well as her cousins and lot of our friends and their younger kids.  In fact, I think we had about 10 kids, the majority of which were under 18 months. 
 
The party was a huge success and despite Lucy not digging into her smash cake like we were hoping she would, we had a great time and I'm so glad we ended up having a big party for her 1st birthday.
 
**Warning, there are A LOT of pictures in this post and I actually narrowed it down quite a bit!*
 
The dessert table....aka Lucy's Chocolate Factory (the white table runner was really supposed to be a conveyor belt like in the famous chocolate factory episode of "I Love Lucy")
 
Chocolates from Anthony Thomas and miniature candy bars wrapped in "I Love Lucy" wrappers

The huge cake...trust me, we had plenty of leftovers

Lucy's smash cake and cookie tray

Snack & drink area....cheese & crackers, applesauce pouches for the kids, and fall munch mix

Main dishes we made were Frito chili, mac & cheese, and corn dogs (which went on the empty white platter but they were in the deep fryer cooking) and we also had corn bread muffins, fruit salad, and a veggie tray
 
"I Love Lucy" coke bottles and of course, I can't ever throw a party without matching paper straws!
 

"I Love Lucy" bottled water

Lucy's highchair for the party...I was pretty excited about the tutu I made

Her party bib

Chalkboard poster that we hung on the basement door....thanks to my close friend, Lynn, who designed this and our party invites

52 weeks of Lucy!  Yes, I actually printed out each weekly photo I had taken of her and hung them all on the wall

I put a few of Lucy's 1 year photos in the frames on the mantle and hung her monthly photos across

Todd & I with the birthday girl

Everyone hanging out and eating

More people hanging around the kitchen

Singing happy birthday to Lucy

She was loving this part if you couldn't tell by the huge grin

She wasn't sure what to think when she stuck her fingers in the cake

and she didn't seem to happy about it

Attempting another try at eating cake

and still trying to figure out what the heck is on her hands

I think she liked the cake part....

but not the dirty hands part

Family pic

She was much happier when we gave her a spoon to use

Finally, a smile!

Opening presents while everyone enjoys their cake & ice cream

Ripping open the presents

Her favorite present...batteries!

"Reading" the card

Reading her new book (and sitting on another one)

Pushing her pink jogging stroller for her new baby doll

Loving the new table & chairs from MaMa and PaPa

Once everyone left the party around 2:30, Lucy helped us clean up some of the leftover bottled water

She spent a good bit of time moving all of the bottles from one side of the rug to the other...

and trying to stack them up
 
Like I said, I'm really glad we had a big party for her this year but I'm thinking we'll keep it more low key in the next few years!