Saturday, June 23, 2012

Birthday Weekend in St. Louis

We were so excited to spend Hannah's birthday this year with Matt's side of the family.  We arrived in St. Louis on Friday and stayed until Monday!  We had a really awesome time and were so glad to celebrate Hannah's birthday with family.  On Saturday afternoon, we went over to Uncle Jon and Aunt Andrea's neighborhood pool.  Hannah absolutely loved it!!!  We then went to their house for delicious pulled pork that Jon had been roasting all day.  Hannah did not nap most of the day, and stayed up way past her bedtime, but overall did very well!  Sunday was her actual birthday and Father's Day.  We got up and gave Daddy his presents, and then Hannah took a 3.5 hour nap!!  She was definitely making up for her late late night the day before.  Everyone came over around 3 and we grilled burgers and ate wonderful food.  We then opened presents and Hannah just loved everything!  She got a new doll from Grandma and a bunch of books and clothes and pajamas.  She got a few new toys as well.  When she opened her doll, the first thing she wanted to do was give it kiss!  Very sweet.  We then sang happy birthday and Hannah got to dig into her birthday cake.  She was a little overwhelmed by the crowd of people singing to her, but once we let her dig in, she thoroughly enjoyed herself!!!

Fun in the Pool!!!

Happy Father's Day Daddy!  Love you so much!!
Playing with the padding from Daddy's present

Do you want a taste?
I think Grandpa liked it too!

All done!!
Now I'm thirsty!!!
Hanging out with Grandpa on the bench swing!

Monday, June 18, 2012

One Year!!!

This is just absolutely amazing to have a one year old!  I cannot believe it has been a year.  As I look back over the past year, I am just blown away by God's graciousness in giving us this precious little one.  It feels like she has always been here, but at the same time it feels like just yesterday I held her in my arms for the very first time.  Her birth was the hardest, and most miraculous thing I have ever gone through.  The experience was so surreal, and it is just amazing that we have already come this far!

My precious 12 month old started taking her first steps a few weeks ago! She would only do 1-3 steps and only when we were outside.  In our house, there are basically either furniture or walls within reach no matter where you are, so I guess she never had to practice while inside.  She also was soooo fast at her push toy that she never wanted to try to get there a slower way.  So it took a few weeks with only 1-3 steps for her to really start getting the confidence up!  Although she still falls frequently, I think it's safe to say that we officially have a walker on our hands!  It is so cute watching her balance, and even cuter when she tries to move faster than her balance allows and falls forward.  Hannah is down to nursing just in the morning and at night and has really done awesome!  She loves food, but I have discovered that she is not much of a breakfast eater.  So far she does not have a taste for milk, and has actually started rejecting plain cheese and yogurt.  She will eat cheese if it's melted on a sandwich or mixed with other foods, but will not eat it on it's own!  She also is not a big fan of yogurt, but of course loves to take bites of my yogurt while I'm eating it.  We'll probably let her try strawberries this week and start trying honey soon too!  Almost all dietary restrictions lift when they reach the 1 year mark.  The newest food discovery of this past month is that Hannah LOVES sauteed spinach!!!  She eats it by the handfuls and I can't get it on her plate fast enough.  Hannah loves playing with toys.  She loves throwing and rolling balls, and thinks it's hilarious to watch someone kick a ball around.  She still loves books and has a blast pulling things out of boxes and putting them back in.  For her birthday, Hannah got 2 dolls and she loves to feed them with her toy sippy cups.  She so far as not shown a fondness for stuffed animals, but seems very pleased with her little babies.  She loves to give kisses to people, her babies, animals in books, and the phone when someone is talking to her.  She also loves to talk on the phone.  I will often catch her sitting on the floor with her hand up to her ear just chattering away!  Sometimes she gets a little embarrassed when she catches me watching her.  Hannah still has slight anxiety of being left in the nursery at both the ymca and at church.  She usually settles down at the YMCA and plays, but since we only just recently started trying the nursery, so far we've been unsuccessful at leaving her in there for very long.  Hannah is still an awesome sleeper, but has started waking a little earlier in the morning.  She usually takes pretty great naps too.  Hannah usually takes 2 naps still, but can definitely get by on one when that's all our day allows.  Hannah can still wear 9-12 month clothes, but it is mostly in 12-18 month stuff.  Her hair is getting longer, and although I've tried some ponytails, she usually finds a way to pull them out!  Hannah is now 31 inches tall (still 95%) and 23 lbs 5 oz (80%).  The last few times we've been to the doctor I've expected her to weigh more, but she must just be a tall skinny (not too skinny) little thing!

Having a blast at the Splash Pad

You caught me!

Waking up with some Crazy hair!!
Mom, I am not so sure about this ponytail!!!

These are when Hannah was still practicing getting to a standing position!

Trying on my hat before heading to St. Louis for the birthday weekend!

And she's off!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

12 Things I love about my 12 month old!

This is certainly not an exhaustive list...

12. Her talkative little personality....we have no idea what she's saying, but she sure does!
11. Her sensitive side....just hearing the word no, generally results in a bottom lip poking out and eyes welling up with tears
10. Her sweet cuddles every morning before her first nap
9. Her crazy hair that is taming down day by day
8. The way she sucks her thumb when she's sleepy
7. The sound of "If you're happy and you know it" when she barrels around the corner behind her walker toy
6. Her love of the outdoors
5. Her ability to make a semi neat room look like a complete disaster area in less than 2 minutes
4. Her sweet open mouth kisses
3. How she holds her hand up to her ear when daddy says, "ring ring"
2. Her adorable chubby legs
1. Most of all, I love who she is and that she is mine.  I love that God gave her to Matt and I, that He entrusted us with her care.  That we have made it through 1 year of parenthood thanks to this precious soul.  That I see so much of her daddy and so much of me in her, and that it combines to be perfectly her.  I'm so thankful for this precious little one.

Monday, June 11, 2012


We took a little one night trip up to Chicago so we could go to Phil's (one of Matt's best friends) surprise 30th Birthday party.  We had an awesome day in the city.  Hannah loved the big kidney bean and practiced her walking skills on the lawn.  We also had a great time at the party.  Hannah played hard and stayed up 3 hours past her bedtime!!  She loved hanging out with everyone at the party and playing cornhole!

Cornhole was her favorite!  These last few pics are of her enjoying the game!!