Friday, August 22, 2014

18 Months

Baby girl will be 18 months on Monday. 1.5 years. 547.5 days. 84 weeks. I just can not even breathe thinking about how quick it went. The other day I thought 17 more of these years and she will be off to college. Talk about needing a Xanax and a brown paper bag! ugh. On top of that I am exactly 30 1/2 today. Vomit.

Life has been nothing but a fun ride with this cute little girl. She is hilarious, fun, all over the place, sweet, feisty, cute, spunky, and makes every day better. Here are some milestones since she turned 1 along with our recent photography session.

-She is a wonderful sleeper. She goes to bed around 7:30, used to be 7. She sleeps until 8 or a little after. She naps around 1:00 for at least 2 hours, sometimes more. She goes to sleep wide awake, as she has always done, and never fights sleep. She loves her crib. She sleeps with her silky pillow and blanket and is good to go.

-She started walking the week of her 1st birthday and has been running ever since. Scrapes and bruises are a plenty. She also gets ATTACKED by mosquito's. They love how sweet she is! Me, too.

-She can pretty much repeat anything we say. We are working super hard and sound like broken records with "Yes/no Ma'am, Yes/no Sir, thank you, and please". She can sign "more, all done, and help"

-She is obsessed with baby dolls. She has 2 baby doll strollers that are pushed all day long. She has a million baby dolls that she kisses, puts night night, changes clothes, plays with, etc. She lifts my shirt and says baby. Ryan taught her that. Anytime she sees a baby on TV, a magazine, her diaper box, etc she says 'baby'.

-She loves the water. Baths, showers, pool, ocean, hose, you name it.

-Mae loves loves loves her Daddy, K-Paw, and Bup. There is nothing more important than a strong daddy/daughter relationship and it is the cherry on the cake that she has 2 more father-like figures that love her just as much. It is the sweetest thing I have ever witnessed.

-Mae will eat pretty much anything as long as she is in the mood or super hungry. Her favorite is any fruit.

-She weighs approx. 23 lbs. She is as tall as all of her 2 year old friends here. Taking after her uncle TJ.

-Mae loves to be outside. I sit in a tailgate chair almost daily and she plays in the cul-de-sac, driveway, or yard. Our neighbor Saylor and her are best buddies. Saylor is in 3rd grade and loves to pretend she is her child. Reminds me of myself when I was her age. Mae loves Saylor.

-Mae still has a big love for our dog Eli. She loves to watch him eat in the morning, run around the yard, and be around him at any time. If she is upset, going to see Eli always makes things better.

-Mae drinks whole milk and water. I am that weird mom that has not introduced juice and dont plan to for as long as I can stand it. Hoping when she does have it for the first time that it is only for special occasions. Do not see the need for it while I can control it.

-Mae HATES having her teeth brushed. She never liked me feeling for teeth when she was a baby and fights us brushing her teeth each night. She loves to do it herself, but it is WWIII when we do it. Hoping this will change soon.

-She still has the stork bite on her head from when she was born but it is smoothing out and lightening already. She has 3 birthmarks. One on her ankle, one on her shin like Ryan, and one to the bottom right of her chest like mommy.

-She is wearing a size 4 diaper and size 4 shoes. Her head is huge, like mama (Ryan says...ugh)

-She loves to get dressed each day and loves putting on shoes. Thanks to her grandmothers, she is always dressed so cute and never has gone a day without getting a compliment on her outfits. They spoil her rotten.

-Being a teacher's child, I am beyond proud that she LOVES books. She likes to pretend to read them but also to be read to by anyone.

-Mae loves to dance, clap, spin and shake her head. I see her enjoying band parties in the future like her mama!

-Thankfully, we have met lots of friends for Mae in our new city. We have play groups all the time and she loves being around other kids. She gives hugs, kisses, and gets so excited to be with other friends. She loves going to the church nursery and the nursery at the gym and does not cry when I leave her. My favorite is going to pick her up, she acts like she has not seen us in years. It is the highlight of our day!

-Mae starts her first mother's day out, or Wee School, in 10 shorts days. I am very excited for her because I know she will learn so much and it will be so good for her. I am sick to my stomach about leaving her for "school" and never thought I would be this way. However, ready to roam the aisles at Target sans baby, and eat a meal without sharing!

-Mae can climb into her high chair all by herself, work an ipad/iphone better than I can, and loves to facetime. It is like she is 15.

-The best way to get me to smile is when Mae sees we are pulling up to the playground, or a food she is about to eat that she loves, or I ask her if she wants something that excites her, she says "ooooohhhhh" and it melts my heart. It is the cutest thing on the planet.

-She says No or shakes her head, and she means it. So cute, but makes us have to turn out head because we dont want her to think its funny. Still working on 'No Ma'am' but hard to reiterate when you have tears from laughing! :)

I could go on and on and I bet no one cares about all of these little quirks about our girl. Just glad I can document for the years to come! By the time Mae turns two she will be a big sister! Time stand still! Trying to soak it all in! Be still my heart!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kiawah, again!

We just came back from a wonderful trip in Kiawah, for our 2nd time this summer. We miss the Gulf beaches, but are loving having beaches close to us here that are just as great! We invited my in-laws, BB and Bup, to come with us! Mae loved having them there, as did we! I will just let our trip be described via pictures! Let's just say our trip was full of fun, relaxation, food, the beach, wagon rides, bike rides, fun restaurants, and family time!

Thankful for my cousins who own the beautiful home on the island! 
We had a great time and look forward to next year!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Home Tour: Mae's Nursery

I put a lot of time and effort into Mae's nursery, but two moves have happened since her birth, so it has changed a little. Soon she will have a big girl bed and no crib, fingers crossed, before the baby comes but not anytime soon.

First thing is first...when you are dealing with a girl! The CLOSET! Mae has been so blessed by her BB and Nonna, that I have barely had to buy her any clothes! We are SOOOOOO lucky! She still has a few with the tags on them that we are saving for school and other special occasions. Love playing dress up with my girl! The basket in the top right is her Easter basket we use to store all of her hats. The top left is memoirs and keepsakes from baby showers and her birth, including a newspaper from Feb. 25!

This little area is one of my favorite because I love rocking my sweet girl! Very rarely do I get to, because she loves to go to sleep awake and on her own. But when she isn't feeling well or when she first gets up in the morning or from a nap I can usually squeeze in some special snuggles. The lamp is from Target, the pink bunny is from a childhood friend in Jacksonville, Cameron O'Steen, and the pillow is Shabby Chic from Target as well. The white blanket has Mae's full name the day she was dedicated to our Lord and Savior, given to us by BB and Buck. The bucket used as a night stand was mine and Travis' when we were little. It holds some of her stuffed animals. The books on the stand are ones we read regularly, including her baby Bible Stories. 

This rocking horse was my brother's when we were little. I remember riding it myself! Mae LOVES to ride that horsey!

Mae's crib was a score from Craistlist. A Jenny Lind crib for $75 bucks was perfect for us! Ryan and I sanded it, it was torture with all of the spindles, and then applied lots of coats of paint. I love the gray color and its neutrality. Baby #2 will use it too, regardless of gender. The monogrammed blanket hanging on the side was given to my from some of my deal friends in Huntsville. My sweet friend Danielle monogrammed it and it makes me think of her every time Mae uses it...daily! Mae has just started wanting more in her bed with her besides her usual silky pillow and blanket. She now has several friends to keep her company while she sleeps. 

I bought this end table at a garage sale for $10. I sanded and painted with the same paint as her crib and added some new knobs from Hobby Lobby. The lamp, TJ Maxx, the glitter glass name plate was given to us right when Mae was born by my sweet friend Laurie in Auburn. She is KNOWN for her glitter signs and I am so glad Mae has a piece of her in her room! The cards with Mae's initials framed was a gift from our Auburn baby shower, the monogrammed bib was given to Mae by my sweet friend Amy, her and Jane have matching ones! The pretty angel is another piece from Cristi that was painted for sweet Mae Mae! Those shoes were mine! So glad mom saved them! And of course a white mini bible, mine from my KD years. 

This gorgeous antique dresser was my dad's mom, my grandmother who passed while I was pregnant with Mae. I love it so much and it reminds me of her lots! Ryan built the changing table box to keep Mae from sliding on the floor! The coat rack was another garage sale find for $5 that I painted. To the right is my old baby high chair. Mae has not realized it yet, but will soon because she is obsessed with baby dolls. Right now it holds her diapers. 

The hanging painted grape vine balls are from our wedding that were hanging over our wedding cake. The curtains are from Restoration Hardware baby. Her room is cozy and sweet. Just like Mae Mae!

The euro pillow are Shabby Chic from Target and the teddy bear was mine when I was little. Of course she has to have an Auburn doll in her room, too! The bonnet on her bed post was what she wore home from the hospital and in the corner is her 1st birthday hat with icing smeared on it. Love the authenticity of it! Right now the quilt on her bed is the back of a colorful quilt. I just wanted simple white but didnt want to buy anything quite yet because we have another twin just like this one for Mae's big girl bed. So I want to buy matching comforters together. Hopefully, soon!

This sweet framed hand-embroidered piece is from a sweet friend, whose husband used to work for Harbert. I love this and love that she wrote on the back! This is as you turn off the lights in Mae's room and I can't help but be thankful for our sweet girl and all God has blessed us with!

As you leave Mae's room, in the hallway, is her bookshelf. She is OBSESSED with books. These use to be organized and displayed very well, but she takes them ALL off ALL of the time to sit and read. The green frame on the wall was given to me by my mom. To the right is Mae's baby book Mom scored at a garage sale for $5. It is a Tiffany's baby book and was brand new! I would give anything to find another one for Baby H #2! I love all of the little knick-knacks on this bookshelf given to Mae by various family members. Each hold such a special meaning. 

So there you have it! Our girl's room! Won't be this way much longer! Then mama is going to need a xanax! She is growing up too fast!