Monday, August 21, 2017

GL's First Birthday Party

We had GL's first birthday party at home a few days after her actual birthday. Since she loves fresh watermelon so much and has a summer birthday, we decided on a watermelon theme for her party.

The party was small with just her grandparents and a few neighbor families invited, so we kept the food and decorations pretty simple but it made the house look festive for a first birthday party!

We had watermelon, cupcakes, and a few other snacks in the kitchen.

Her #1 balloon bouquet.

I printed all her monthly photos from the year. It was so neat to see them all lined up together, so we could see how much she changed from month to month!

We chatted and ate snacks with our friends and the kids played inside and outside for a while.

Yummmm, watermelon!

Then everyone gathered around to sing Happy Birthday to GL.

She dug right into her cupcake!

The birthday girl and her proud big sister.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Happy 1st Birthday to GL!

We spent GL's first birthday at home, just the four of us. I made her birthday cake from scratch - a first for me! It was vanilla cake with vanilla icing, and it was really good! I wanted to keep it really simple, so BD helped me make a "G" stencil to decorate the top with sprinkles. I was very proud of how it turned out, and most importantly GL loved it!

After we picked up MC from school and had lunch at home, we lit her candle and sang Happy Birthday to her.

She dug right into the cake without much hesitation.

I think she approves!

After everyone enjoyed the cake, we opened a few presents with her. She loves to climb on MC's chair, so we got her one of her very own. She also got her first baby doll and a few other small things.

Me and the sweet birthday girl!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

GL Pre-Birthday Celebration

Last year on Sat, August 6th, we went to eat dinner at a local Mexican restaurant called Armadillo Grill for dinner. We don't frequent this restaurant very often but I had a craving for nachos, and they have some of the best in town. I went into labor the next day on Sunday and GL was born just after midnight, in the wee hours of Monday morning. So we decided to make dinner here on 8/6 an annual tradition as part of her birthday celebration. This was the first time we've been back since last year. GL loved the nachos! 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Family selfie with our almost 1 year old!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

GL is Twelve Months Old!

We blinked and she turned 1! She is full of life and her spunky little personality brings so much joy to our family. We all love her so much!

August 8, 2017

This little girl is a ball of fun! She loves to laugh, and it doesn't take much to get a big belly laugh out of her. Of course MC is her favorite person to laugh at, and MC will do almost anything to get her laughing. She also likes to be funny, and if she does something to make us laugh she will repeat it to see if she gets the same response. She is working on standing on her own and will walk behind a push toy with a little assistance. She currently has 3 teeth - 2 on bottom and 1 on top. The one on top is off to the side (lateral incisor) so we affectionately call her "snaggle". She likes to climb, mostly on furniture and up the stairs. Everyday when I wake her from her naps, she immediately starts calling for Piper ("doggie") and waving at the door. When she hears BD's voice or the sound of the door opening when he returns from work, she shouts "Dada!" and drops whatever she is doing to turbo crawl to him. 

12 Month Info

(weighed and measured @ Dr)
17lb 9.5oz

She is sleeping through the night on a consistent basis at this point. Right around 11 months old, she turned a corner with her sleeping and is now sleeping through 11-12 hours a night. It can be tricky to get her down to sleep initially at night, but once she's asleep she stays asleep until morning. She still takes 2 naps a day, both around 1.5-2 hrs long.

She is a great eater. She eats or at least tries everything that I put down for her. The only thing she doesn't like so far is scrambled eggs. She still nurses 4-5 times a day.

She is in 12 month clothes.

She has several words that we recognize. "Dada" which she uses for both me and BD, doggie, ball ("bah"), bye bye, paci ("pah"), and uh oh.

First birthday cake!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

GL is Eleven Months Old!

GL is 11 months old and is cutting her first tooth! I know I say this every month, but she is just so fun! It seems unbelievable that she is going to be one next month. We love her so much!

July 8, 2017

This month she discovered that her sticker is removable, so it was almost impossible to get her photo with the sticker on her shirt. In fact, I had to wait until MC and BD got home to help distract her so I could snap a few photos.

She is such a little ham, and she loves to laugh. When we ask her for a kiss she will lean her forehead down to touch our face and then just giggle.

When BD saw this picture he said, "Well, that sums up 11 months, right there!" She loves to stick her tongue out, and she is always on the move.

One of her favorite things right now is for me to lay on the floor so she can crawl over me. She will crawl back and forth, back and forth until she is exhausted! She has also discovered that she can climb the stairs. She will climb up two or three steps before she gets stuck and needs some help.

11 Month Info

(weighed and measured @ home)


She has slept through the night a couple of times!!!! After a long week at the beach with mostly terrible sleep (turns out she was cutting a tooth AND coming down with a virus - poor baby!), once we got home she really started lengthening her stretches of sleep until one night she slept for like 10 hours. I woke up in a mild panic at around 4am, and then I wondered if maybe I got up with her like usual and just couldn't remember, hahaha! (Sleep deprivation is no joke!) But no, she had really slept all night, and it was amazing!! She did it sporadically after that for a while - every other day or two she'd have a really good night's sleep. I discovered that her afternoon nap really seems to affect her night sleep - not so much the length of the nap but more in the timing. She was sleeping much better on the nights where she slept until 3:30/4pm for her afternoon nap. Once I figured that out and was able to start being really careful and diligent with that second nap, she's gotten a little more consistent with the good, long night sleeps. I'm not ready to declare it a total victory just yet, but the long sleeps have been really nice!


She is doing great with her eating! She likes to try new foods and is eating 3 solid meals a day. She still nurses 5-6 times a day as well - when she wakes up, before and after each nap, and before she goes to bed. She is also drinking water out of a straw sippy cup.


She is wearing 12 month clothes with plenty of room to grow. She can also still wear some 9 month sizes, just depending on the cut.


Tons of babbling, with a few more realistic sounding words. She always has a lot to say! She says Dada and bye bye consistently and in context. She also says something that sounds like "doggie" for Piper.

First 4th of July, first sleep through the night

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July 4, 2017

GL's first Fourth of July! (And, as BD pointed out, the last of her "first" holidays.)

We went over to our neighbor's house for a BBQ to celebrate. The kids had fun playing in the yard even though it was super hot and then we enjoyed burgers and hot dogs from the grill. MC is not a fan of in-person fireworks, so we left before those started and headed home for bed time. We did record some TV fireworks for her, and she enjoyed watching those the following day.

July 4, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Extended Family Photos - Summer 2017

While most of MC and GL's grandparents were here for MC's birthday party, we had our friend who is a photographer come over to capture some pictures for us. We kept it casual and did the photos outside at our house, and we ended up with some great extended family pictures.