Monday, March 30, 2015

12 Months

Age: 12 months
Weight: 26 pounds
Height: 31.5 inches
Teeth: Sill only 8
Eating: Grace loves to eat. She successfully weaned from bottles cold-turkey, but refuses any other type of milk. She will take a sip and spit it out across the room. Good thing our pediatrician said that due to Grace's size and the variety of food she eats, she doesn't need milk. yay!
Sleeping: Now that Grace is off bottles she has been waking up way too early in my opinion. She is up by 5 or 6. This also means that she has gone back to two naps much to my dismay. On top of all that she has had an ear infection for awhile which has been disrupting her sleep and ours. I miss my perfect sleeper.
New Developments: Grace is walking everywhere now and seems to adding words to her vocabulary daily. She loves to say, "I did it" after everything she does.
Loves: Doors! She could open and close doors all day. Grace is also loving her new found freedom and is walking everywhere.
Dislikes: Anything that involves sitting still: strollers, carts, carseats, highchairs, etc.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Easter Egg Fun

I'm back!  Sorry that I have not been around the blog much, but after the birthday party I just needed to take some time for myself and my family. I need to find a better balance between spending time with my family and the blog, and I think that means cutting back on the frequency of my posts. Don't worry, I will still be around.

Since Easter is only a week away we decided to try dyeing some eggs today. I knew going into this that Grace was probably too young to understand much less help, but I am all about starting traditions young.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Today Grace turned 1, and I can hardly believe it. My little girl is now a toddler! She has grown so much in the past 12 months, and I couldn't be more proud of her.

Grace already had her birthday party over the weekend, so today I decided to take her on a little birthday adventure. Anthony was even able to take a little break from work to join us for awhile.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Shabby Chic First Birthday Party

I am sorry that I have been lacking on blog posts this week, but Grace's first birthday party turned out to be a much bigger project than I anticipated.  Now that the party is over it is time to get back to blogging.

We celebrated Grace's first birthday on Saturday with 20 of our closest friends and family. Here is a closer look at Grace's shabby chic party.

I was a little nervous on the day of the party because Grace did not sleep well the night before, and only napped for an hour before guests arrived. I was so worried she would have a major meltdown around party time, but I was pleasantly surprised. She could not have been in a better mood. People have always told me that children have no idea what is going on during their first birthday party, but I am pretty sure that Grace knew everyone was there for her.  She couldn't wait to come down the stairs to join the party and ham it up for everyone!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans

I can't believe that it is only 8pm on St Patrick's Day and here I am sitting on the couch totally exhausted. I guess that's life with kids. At least I was able to muster the energy to down half a Guinness. I hope you all had a great day filled with lots of green food and festivities. I know that Grace and I had quite an eventful day filled with good eats. Let's recap, shall we?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Spring Favorites

The official start of spring isn't for another week, but the warm spring weather is already upon us.  This change in weather also means a new wardrobe for Grace. Now that she is already in 24 month clothes she has gone through her entire wardrobe that I bought her when I was pregnant. I was not expecting such a big child. On the plus side that means mommy gets to go shopping.

Here is what I am loving for spring.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Spring Feast

The sun has been shining around here and the weather has been in the 60's. I can't believe it. Grace and I spent a lot of time outside this week enjoying the beautiful weather. This meant that I didn't spend as much time cooking resulting in a lot of light and quick meals, perfect for the gorgeous spring weather. 

Meal planning this week did prove to be quite the challenge. Grace has been trying to assert her control over things more and more, and last week her conquests included meal time. She refused to eat anything other than cheese and fruit. Something I was not happy about. My husband and I are not picky eaters in the least and are always up for trying a new recipe. A picky child simply is not going to survive in this household. In order to try and keep her pickiness at bay I attempted to pair some of Grace's favorite foods with other new flavors to create some fun combinations. I also tried hard to introduce different flavors and cuisines from around the world. Luckily this weeks meals were much more successful than last weeks, and Grace gobbled up almost every bite.