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18 Month Snapshot

Today my sweet, little baby turns 1.5 years old! And what better way to celebrate, then with donuts for breakfast!?

mmm… which one?

We went to a local restaurant called, Hendough. They serve homemade donuts and fried chicken – yeah, it is awesome! Ada loved her chocolate donut and couldn’t stuff it in her mouth fast enough!

And about two seconds after this photo was taken, Ada decided to grab the basket of donuts and fling them around. Resulting in a chocolate donut and coffee fiasco. The hot coffee went everywhere, including my white jeans. Note to future self: Never, ever, ever wear white around a toddler. Besides feeling like a hot mess (see what I did there? haha!), we had a great birthday breakfast.

Age: 18 months

Stats: Last time we were at the doctor, Ada was in the 95th percentile in height and weighed 22lbs. She is one tall little girl. So tall, that I have had to start buying 2T clothing for the length – even though the 2T shirts hang off her shoulders.

Favorite Foods: pasta, bread, cheese, crackers, apples, black beans, sweet potatoes – just to name a few. This girl has always enjoyed food and will pretty much eat what ever I put in front of her.

Favorite Words: hi, belly button (bee-boo), no, yes, snack (nack), beep-beep, hop-hop (what she calls her lovie), and bath (ba-ba) – Her vocab has always been extensive. She probably can say about 30 words consistently and can repeat everything that we say. So we have to make sure that we watch our words around her! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Favorite Activities: Ada has been a bit motor delayed. She isn’t walking on her own yet, but she is cruising along the furniture and is getting stronger and better everyday. She can walk around while I hold her hands and she loves to climb the stairs. Her favorite toy right now is the Little Tike car. She loves to be pushed around in it outside in our driveway; all the while screaming, “Beep! Beep!” It is pretty darn cute and I can’t help but smile whenever she does this. Ada loves to color and her favorite is the, “My First Crayola Mess-Free Marker & Paper.” I love that I can leave her alone with this and not worry about my walls getting marked up. One of her favorite activities, is playing tea. She has a tea set for the bath that she just loves to play with. She also loves to wrestle and roll around on the floor with her daddy. They do it every night and I just love hearing them both laugh and Ada squealing in delight!

Least Favorite Activities: She hates getting her diaper or clothes changed. She will scream at me just about every time. Now when she needs a diaper change, Randy and I will go back & forth on whose turn it is to enjoy the scream fest. Ada has started tantrums, which are just wonderful…. She gets so mad when we have to end a fun activity to go eat or take a nap. The worst is when I won’tย let her scoot around on the floor in public (like the grocery store). I know we are both getting frustrated that she can’t walk on her own yet. I am hoping that this will give her even more incentive to learn to walk on her own even faster!

Signature Moves: Blowing kisses and saying muah, waving hello and goodbye to everyone, dancing when she hears music, and singing when we sing a song she “knows” together (she usually just says, La la la!), and making silly faces to make us laugh.

This has been such a great age, but also pretty trying. I am hoping that once she starts walking on her own, things will be just a little bit better. But who am I kidding? When she starts walking, I’ll just be exhausted from chasing her all day! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do think when she starts walking on her own, it will help with some things – like, the tantrums in the grocery store! But I love being a mom and I am so incredibly grateful that I get to spend everyday with this silly, sweet girl of mine. Happy 18th month birthday Ada Marie! You are so loved!


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One Year Recap

I still find it incredibly hard to believe that Ada is a one year old! It feels like just yesterday I brought home our small bundle of joy and at the same time I can’t remember what our lives were like before Ada. I love this sweet girl more than I ever thought was possible!

Looking back on all our photos from this past year, does make me tear up a bit. But at the same time makes me smile, watching our daughter grow, change and learn has been the most fun I have ever had! And I look forward to all the new adventures we will have in the future with Ada.

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Ada Marie you are our greatest blessing and there are no words to describe how much we love you. Happy One Year sweetheart!

Stay tuned for Ada’s birthday party, up next! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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12 Months

Today is the day my little baby Ada turns one. All day today has been moments of laughing, followed by me bursting into tears. Does this whole mom emotional thing ever get any better? ๐Ÿ˜‰ It feels like just yesterday I was holding my little girl for the very first time and now she is one.


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It has been an absolute joy watching Ada grow, change, and learn. This past year has been the best year of my life and I can’t even remember what life was like before Ada. She has completed our family and lives so perfectly and completely.

Ada has to be the sweetest, calmest baby ever! She loves to snuggle and will stop doing what ever she is doing for a quick snuggle. Her favorite thing to do right now is to summon you over by opening and closing her hands in which she demands to snuggle for a second. As she snuggles up to you she says, “Aww.” It is seriously the sweetest thing you will ever see! She is happy pretty much all the time, unless she has skipped a nap then she is Miss. Grumpy Pants.


She has finally figured out her walker and she is rolling all around the house. She loves to follow me around while I am cleaning or cooking. It is the greatest because I can get so much done while she is in there! She scoots and army crawls backwards. I am hoping that she will get to forward crawling soon. But to be honest, I am just relieved that she can army crawl backwards – she is finally on the move! ๐Ÿ˜‰

She officially has 3 teeth now – two lower and an eye tooth. I am certain that she is working on her front teeth and the other eye tooth so sleep has been difficult for her. She has been getting up a lot these past two months. I hope that she finishes teething and starts sleeping through the night again soon!


She is constantly repeating what Randy and I say. Her favorite right now is to play with her dog and say woof! woof! It is pretty darn cute! She can say – mama, dada, no, star, dog, kitty, bye-bye, yeah, duck, bath, and whoa. Whenever she is awake, she is constantly babbling a way. She is definitely a talker!

She still loves music and will dance and sing anytime she hears it. She also still loves her books. She can sit there flipping through her books forever. Her favorite stuff animals are her dogs, she usually has one with her at all times. Ada is still a great eater and will eat whatever I give her. She loves to feed herself now and even pretends to feed herself during play time. So she has a spoon and a small bowl in her hands all the time.


We love you sweet Ada Marie! You are the sunshine in our lives, you brighten the room with your sweet smile and your contagious laugh! We couldn’t imagine life without you! Happy Birthday my sweet, darling girl!







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11 Months

I can’t believe that I am writing an 11 month blog post already!! Just one month away from her first birthday. Seriously, how did this happen?!?! Although, the time has flown by, I really have enjoyed every second of watching Ada grow. This past month she seems to have grown up so much. She is learning something new every day and I just stand back in amazement at how fast she learns.


Even though Ada isn’t mobile yet, I feel like she is getting so close. We have been doing exercises this week to help her build muscles for crawling. More than anything I feel like she just needs confidence because all the strength she needs to crawl is there. She can hold herself in the crawling position for a long time and kind of rocks back and forth. Because she is learning this “new skill”, I believe we have entered another sleep regression this week. She has been getting up every night now for about a week and is awake for 2-3 hours. It seems like all she wants to do is play and eat.


Although, getting up every night could be from teething. She has two bottom teeth and her upper gums are super swollen. I believe she is working on her eye teeth. It wouldn’t surprise me if she had at least one eye tooth before her first birthday. Wouldn’tย that make for some cute photos? ๐Ÿ˜‰


Her vocabulary is quite impressive. She has become our little parrot and will try to repeat everything that we say. She can say about 8 words, consistently now: mama, dada, dog, star, bath, no, kitty and duck. And she has just learned to wave and say hey.ย She definitely has a princess wave. It is this sweet, dainty little wave, which she loves to do in the shopping cart at people in the grocery store. And the people love it! I get stopped at least three times in the grocery store because of this sweet baby, princess waving and smiling. And when the strangers come up to talk to her, she gives them this adorable shy, little smile. Man, she is good! Randy and I are going to be in some serious trouble with this one!


Her eating habits, as always, are excellent. I have noticed that her appetite has decreased a bit. She seems to want a bottle more than solids right now. I assume it is from teething. When she eats, she will hold her cheek, like she has a toothache. Poor thing! Hopefully, this will past quickly. I am looking forward to giving her peanut butter for the first time next month! I can’t wait to see how she reacts to it!


Ada has developed this sweet, silly personality. She loves having our full attention and will scream at you in order to get it. Or do something silly, like make a fun face or clap her hands. She still loves music and claps, sings, and dances every time she hears it. She makes the silliest faces, which I believe she got from her mama. I will have to find some of my baby photos to show you. She loves being silly and making us laugh.





Ada loves being outside and will cry a little when we go back inside. She also associates going outside to seeing our dog. When we start going outside, she will say dog, over and over again. She enjoys riding in the hiking backpack, so we have been taking walks with her as much as we can.







We love you sweet Ada Marie! You are our sunshine and we couldn’t be more in love with you. We love watching you grow up, you get sweeter and sillier everyday. We are so very blessed!

11 months down, first birthday is right around the corner! Can’t wait to share her first birthday party with you all! It is going to be so much fun! Happy Friday!