Life Lately…

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We celebrated Eleanor’s first birthday with our family a little bit before her actual birthday to make her day separate from the holidays.  It was such a special day celebrating our special girl!
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My dad stayed an extra week to watch E and we had the best time.  It snowed so I was able to stay home a bit as well!  Eleanor loved getting out in the snow and trying out the sled grandpa made for her!
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Teaching her early that gratitude is key.  We love these crayons…she can grip them and actually color a bit!
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E snuck in a kiss right as I snapped the pic.  Be still my heart.
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We headed to Kansas City for the holidays (I went a little early with my dad since I get a bit more time off than Matt).  It was so good to catch up with friends and family!img_1766
I am obsessed with this picture.  My mom get E this Mini Boden dress for Christmas and I couldn’t resist getting this matching one for baby sister for next Christmas.  Gah!!
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While in KC we made a stop at IKEA to get loaded up for E’s big room.  I cannot wait to start putting it together!
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E kills me in this turtleneck  in this picture.  And the fur vest?  And boots?  At IKEA?!
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We kept E’s nursery gender neutral (as we didn’t find out the gender) and so it just hasn’t felt like ‘her room’.  We have been gathering all the pieces of what will be her little space for her new room so we can prepare the nursery again for baby sister!
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E got this chair and PJ set for Christmas and really hasn’t been out of either since.
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We found out that Eleanor will be getting a baby SISTER in June!  We are beyond thrilled.
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I’ve been nesting like crazy.  Sorting ‘baby’ toys from the ‘toddler’ toys.  Dare I say it’s been fun?  We are loving the addition of these blocks to E’s collection.
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Pretty much all of December and into January (including my 31st birthday) we all had the sickies.  Just passed it back and forth.  I guess we shall blame all the kisses.  Oh, and Eleanor is getting 3 molars now, and she got one in December.  Safe to say, we are ready for warmer, healthier days.
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Girl loves to accessorize and brush her teeth.
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These boots have pretty much been on her since she got them from her Aunt Nennie and I really don’t see them leaving her feet anytime soon.  I mean, holy cuteness.

What about you all?!  What the heck have you been up to??

Have a great day!
Erin

Baby Essentials 6-12 months!

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Welllll hello, friends!  This is a post I have been meaning to write for awhile.  I’ve kind of grouped the 6-9 month and 9-12 month essentials because although there is a big gap in these ages, things got busy around here–Life Lately post coming soon!–so I’ve grouped them.  But I will do my best to kind of breakdown when she loved these things and when she kind of started phasing out of them.

Bathtime

  1.  We ended up switching from the infant tub to a Large storage tub that we got at a baby shower.  We felt silly at first, but honestly, only having to fill that (and she fits perfectly in it) makes bathtime quick and painless.  And it keeps her toys close so we don’t have to worry about her trying to walk or crawl in the tub to go get the toy she wants.  Win-win.
  2. We also got this cute little whale for over the faucet (which she now likes to play with) because I was getting too nervous she would bonk her head on the faucet when she kept trying to stand up!
  3. We still use Tubby Todd shampoo and Babyganics bubble bath.
  4. We’ve used a variety of bath specific toys, but also thrown some of her favorites that are ok getting wet in with her.
  5. We also still use this bath scoop and love it!

Diapering

  1. Other than diapering becoming a workout for us, not much has changed.
  2. We also still use and love this healing balm and diaper cream!

Play

  1. Buckets.  Lots and lots of buckets.  She loves to just take things in and out of them.  We have probably 50 buckets, bins, and other storage containers around the house.  For your sanity, make them cute.
  2. Books.  She LOVES this one because there are arf arfs (dogs) in them.  I love these books because they have all of the things she uses and sees everyday so it feels like we are super parents by reading it to her.  We take those moments when we can get ’em!
  3. Blankets.  Eleanor is obsessed with them.  In addition to Aden + Anais swaddles, Eleanor loves this blanket.  She literally cannot go from one room to the next without ALL of them.  We are gonna need more blankets for the next babe if she’s anything like Eleanor.  I have my eyes on this one!
  4. Babies.  Oh my.  It was her first word and we are honestly not sure at this point if she will learn any others.  First thing she does when she wakes up is say bay bay and look around for one of her seven babies.  We also now have to put them to bed when she goes to bed.  It’s cute.  Promise.
  5. While she doesn’t really use a walker anymore, it was key in the 6-9 month and a little beyond growth.  She started to stand and teeter around 8 months, but with the help of a walker and her determination, she was walking by 9 months.
  6. Recently, Eleanor has been super into our cell phones and really anything she sees us using.  I try to limit when I am on it around her, but at the end of the day, it’s how I take her picture, call people, tell time–really just unavoidable to keep out of her sight.  Plus, there are other people like her sitter who use them too.  It’s just a fact of life.  That being said, she wants it and for whatever reason, I have not seen any that really actually look like the cell phones that we have.  I did find this one that makes similar sounds and it does the trick.  Now she loves putting it in a purse I gave her to play with.  We are in trouble.  Big trouble.
  7. One last thing I thought I would throw on here are her clothes.  While they aren’t toys per se, she does love going and getting things off her clothing rack (and destroying everything else on there in the process) and bringing them to me to put on.  Socks, hair bows, shoes, her tutu, rain boots, sunglasses, etc…By the end of the day she is quite accessorized.  She’s trying really hard to put on her own clothes and it’s kind of the cutest ever.

Sleep

  1. We still use and love our sound machine and nursery heater.
  2. Eleanor only gets her pacifier when she’s sleeping, desperation in the car, or when things are rough (like right now she is getting 3 molars at once and still isn’t feeling well) she can have it a little more often.  We are hoping to phase it out by the time baby #2 arrives!  She is already pretty good about giving it up when we ask, but usually she just puts it away herself when she wakes up!

Eating

  1. We are off the bottles and on to sippy cups.  Eleanor likes these transitional sippy cups because they still have the soft top!  She also like to drink out of a straw…the hard top sippy cups, not so much.
  2. We still also use this Boon Drying Rack.  Still have no idea what people did before it was invented.
  3. We gave her this toothbrush as a replacement for the paci when she was awake and it actually worked pretty well!  And it served as a teether and it cleaned her teeth.  Done.  Now she is using a real toothbrush and is absolutely obsessed with brushing her teeth.
  4. For snacks, she loved these teetherspuffsyogurt melts, and pouches!  Snacks were definitely something that started adding up so I really watched for sales at Target and Amazon…once you hit that 4 month mark, I would try to stock up if you see sales!!

I think those are pretty much our favorites in a nut shell!  It’s been a wild year and we have learned so much, but still are unsure of so many things.  With baby #2 on the way, we have been looking back and seeing what actually worked and didn’t and trying to assess how we want to attack the next round of parenting, but honestly every single baby is different and that’s what makes the journey so fun, learning and growing with your child.  Hopefully there are some things on this list (and here’s the 0-3 month and 3-6 months essentials) that hopefully you can use to help make the journey a little smoother 🙂

What are your must haves?  Anything you would add to this list??

Hope you all have a great day!
Erin

Twelve Months!

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img_1425img_1428img_1430img_1437img_1442img_1452img_1458Twelve months has arrived and we are just so proud of our baby girl.  She is the sweetest baby and we are absolutely in awe of her.  Not a whole lot has changed since Eleven Months! except that her obsession with babies has intensified and it has very clearly become her first word.  She loves to put her baby in their high chair and feed them, covers them up with a blankie, gives them a bottle, burps them, and gives them lots of kisses.  She has gotten one more tooth up top, with one more clearly coming in.  She remembers lots of processes now, including putting the binky away after she wakes up.  We just walk over to the shelf where we keep them and she puts it away; it’s kind of the sweetest.  Every day in December we have put something in her stocking and now she knows to go look and she remembers what she got if you ask her to go show someone what Santa brought her.
It has been the happiest year watching this little girl grow into the little person she is today.  Each day felt like a new adventure with ups and downs and navigating a whole new territory.
Here is a look back at each month!
One Month!
Two Months!
Three Months!
Four Months!
Five Months!
6 Months + Giveaway
Seven Months!
Eight Months!
Nine Months!
Ten Months!
Eleven Months!

I just also want to say thank to each and every one of you for being a part of this year with us.  It truly takes a village and we have a heck of a tribe that has been on this incredible journey with us.  Thank you for loving Eleanor as much as we do!

Eleven Months!

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Eleven months!  Holy cow!  We are only a month away from baby girl’s first birthday.  But, today we are going to focus on the last month, cause otherwise I’ll just start crying.  She learned so much this month.  She learned where her belly is…she lifts her shirt up, points, and says belllly!  She takes her blanket everywhere which is cute, but goodness, if you forget to take it.  Yikes.  When she gets excited she goes oooooooooo and sucks in her breath.  She’s actually been doing this for awhile, but it’s the cutest ever and I haven’t mentioned it yet.

She has four teeth and at least one more coming in!  Sleep and eating has pretty much stayed the same, but we are thinking it’s time to drop the morning nap and start introducing whole milk?  We are afraid to mess with too much though because we are in a nice groove.  We shall see!

And with all that, it’s party planning time!!!  We decided to distance her party from Christmas because as someone with a winter birthday knows, it stinks when it gets grouped. So that’s happening in 2 weeks! Better get started!

You make every day better, sweet pea!!

…Baby #2!

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You guys!! We have another sweet babe on the way!  Emotionally, we float somewhere between extreme excitement and oh my gosh, we will have two under two!  We wanted our first two close in age and E and this babe will be 17ish months apart I think?  We are due June 2, 2017 which puts me at 12 weeks, but I look about 20 weeks!  I kind of like it though because I feel like pregnancy is more fun/easier when people know and can tell!  Eleanor has also suddenly become obsessed with babies which is interesting.  She points to babies and says baba (which is actually what she calls everything, but it’s a different baba sounds which totally makes sense, right?).  There’s a new baby at the sitter so they have been practicing gentle touches and she pretty much insists on seeing the baby every few minutes.

It’s safe to say we can’t wait to meet you, little one!