Thursday, October 2, 2014

Lucy's 1st Birthday


Even though we're throwing Lucy's 1st birthday party on Saturday, we still wanted to celebrate on her actual birthday.  Todd & I both had to work on Monday so I woke Lucy up to get her ready for her morning at Grandma's and took her 12 month photos.  She was in a great mood right when she got up.
 

Still waking up but happy
 
Here's the birthday girl!

After I picked Lucy up from my mom in the early afternoon, we went on a short walk and then she took a nap to rest up for her big evening.   My parents were planning on coming over for dinner, presents, and cupcakes.

Relaxing in the stroller
 
 After dinner, Lucy was ready to open presents

She had no problem ripping right into them...I think Christmas is going to be awesome this year!

Just a little spoiled with all those presents
 
At times, she was more excited about the wrapping paper than the present itself

Such a happy, sweet girl
 
Unwrapping more presents!

She loved this new puzzle
 
Talking on her phone
 
Sitting on her present from mom & dad

 Dad helping her unwrap it
 
Loving her new Pottery Barn Kids chair

Singing happy birthday

You can't tell but she actually blew out the candle!  My mom had been teaching her and they'd been practicing for a few weeks 

Mmmmm....ice cream!

Trying to get every last drop

Sugar high

Reading her new book with Grandpa before bed
 
All in all, I'd say Lucy had a fantastic 1st birthday and we can't wait to celebrate with our family and friends this weekend!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lucy at 12 Months

12 Months on September 29, 2014
 
 
Where did the past year go?  Seriously, I cannot believe I'm writing Lucy's 12 month recap already!  She truly has been the light of our lives this past year and I don't even remember what it was like without her.  Wait, I take that back, I do remember having a bit more freedom on the weekends and getting to go out a lot more often, but I wouldn't change a thing.  Lucy has such an outgoing personality and is definitely a people person.  She also knows when to ham it up for an audience and will typically give strangers a big smile when they wave hi.  She also knows how to test Todd & I already and knows what she shouldn't be getting into but will anyways (but not before looking at us to make sure we see her!).  She is almost always babbling and making noise (you know, so we don't forget she's here).  Although she's very social, she's also very independent and is perfectly content some days to play by herself for awhile.  She isn't as cuddly as she used to be which makes me sad but happy that she doesn't constantly need me right by her side. 
 
Lucy still hasn't taken any steps yet on her own which completely blows my mind because she walks so well with her walker around the house and has been for 2 months now.  She figured out this month how to back up with it as well as steer better and avoid hitting objects (wall, couch, table, etc.).  She's great at doing laps around the first floor of our house.  She can also stand on her own without assistance and will even do sqauts so I know she can keep her balance but she just hasn't taken any steps yet.  I should say though I'm not really in that big of a rush though because I know it will be that much harder to watch her once she's walking and running around the house on her own.
 
She still only has her 2 bottom teeth but has been drooling like crazy recently although I never know if that really means more teeth are coming soon or not.  It'd be nice if she had more teeth just to make chewing her food a bit easier.

 
Weight: She was 20 lbs 11 oz on September 30, 2014 at her 12 month appt (44th percentile)

Length: She was 30.5 inches on September 30, 2014 at her 12 month appt (89th percentile)

Clothes: Lucy is wearing 12 month and 12-18 month clothes (size depends on brand) as well as size 3 diapers and size 3 shoes.

Eating:  Lucy tried spaghetti, quesadillas, pizza, a donut hole, and buttered toast this month.  She still loves almost all foods and it's been really easy for us to go places with her since she's not picky.  She is still taking breastmilk in a sippy cup and I think I still have enough in the deep freezer for at least another month although we might start mixing it with whole milk soon so she gets used to it.  She eats 3 meals plus one snack every day: breakfast around 8:00 AM, lunch around 12:00 PM, a snack around 4:30 PM, and dinner at 6:30 PM.  Looking forward to trying out eggs and peanut butter next month too!

Sleeping: Again, nothing has changed in the sleep department except her naps are becoming shorter (or she is skipping once every few days).  She usually takes 2 naps, one around 10:00 AM and a second one around 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 with her walker, being chased, reading books, empty boxes, diving head first off the arm rest on the glider or couch

Dislikes: Sitting still

Milestones: Signed eat (September 5), standing without assistance (September 7), 1 year photos (September 14), first birthday! (September 29)

 
 
 
  


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Visiting Family for Birthday Celebrations

We spent the past weekend visiting Todd's family to celebrate our nephew's 8th birthday.  On our way up to Leetonia on Saturday morning, we stopped at the J.M. Smucker Company Store & CafĂ© in Orville.  We pass the sign for it every trip and never stop and figured we'd finally check it out.  We were disappointed the factory isn't right there so we didn't get to go on a tour or anything but we shopped around in the store and read about the history of the company in the "museum" portion of the store.
 
Entrance sign
 
Picture perfect day

Walking into the store...we were surprised to see how many other brands are owned by Smuckers, including Jif, Folgers, and Pillsbury

A brief history of the company

I ended up buying some flavors of things I've never seen in the store including Chocolate Chip Swirl bread, Parmesan & Herb bread mix, Hush Puppy mix, and Chocolate Pretzel sundae topping

After our visit at Smuckers, we drove just a few miles down the road and had lunch at the Dalton Dari-ette, our traditional stop for lunch or a snack.  We ordered our food and were going to eat at the picnic tables they have set up (there's no indoor seating) but bees started to attack Lucy's food so we had to pack up and eat inside our car.  It wasn't an ideal situation but it was pretty funny to see Lucy in her highchair in the backseat.

Todd & Lucy

Once we got to my in-laws' house, we visited for a few hours before going to Todd's sister's house for our nephew's OSU themed birthday party (and to watch the football game!).

Dessert table....Todd's mom made this awesome cake
 
Lucy loved playing with her older cousin, Audrey

Opening up birthday presents....by the way, Lucy was loving her grandparents' dog (the white dog in the picture), I'm pretty sure she kissed him no less than 20 times while we were there

Lucy helping Andrew with his presents

and then Lucy opened a couple presents too since a few people won't be making the trip for her party this weekend

Lots of tissue paper

She liked her new puppy
 
Blowing out the candles

MaMa & PaPa with their grandkids

Lucy got her own little cake too

She dug in but she didn't like her hands covered in icing and started crying

We stayed the night with Todd's parents and went to church with the family on Sunday morning.  After a delicious breakfast of waffles and pumpkin dessert, we packed up and headed back home. 

MaMa, PaPa, and Lucy


Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekly Recap: September 22-28

After I went to the doctor early last week, I was able to start actually adding some resistance to my bike while spinning (and actually get in a workout) as well as do some TRX and core exercises.  It's nice to add something else in besides just walking.

Monday: Walked 4 mi

Tuesday: "taught" 1 hr Spin/TRX

Wednesday: Walked 5 mi & did core exercises

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX
walked 2 mi w/ Lucy

Friday: Walked 4 mi & did core exercises

Saturday: 45 min Spinning

Sunday: Rest

TOTAL: Walked 15 mi

Happy 1st Birthday, Lucy!

It really is impossible to wrap my head around the idea that Lucy is turning ONE today!  She is the sweetest, funniest, cutest, and most independent & social little girl. It honestly seems like she was just a tiny newborn yesterday and now here she is babbling all the time and on the verge of walking.  This past year has exceeded our expectations as parents (although I could've done without the whole not picking up or holding Lucy for a few months because of my back surgeries) and we love her more and more every single day.  This adventure of parenthood has really just started for Todd & I and we can't wait to see what this next year will bring!
 
A look back at Lucy's first year through some iPhone photos I've never posted: