8 Months!

Seriously time needs to slow down! My baby is already 8 months old... next thing you know I'll be planning her first birthday party. Ok, let's be honest, I've already started planning her birthday. #crazymom

So much happened this month! Hannah girl said her first words. Obviously it's "mama"! She knows what's up. It's actually more like "mmm mmm maaa maaa", but I'll take it. It's pretty much music to my ears and I get to hear it all the time!

She also started crawling. Mind you, it's a slow crawl and most of the time she gets lazy after a few steps and stops and just plops down onto her tummy. Unless of course there is something she knows she's not supposed to touch, then she will crawl like pro. Looks like it's definitely babyproofing time!

At 8 months, she loves:
+ Eating... everything. Edible, non-edible. She does not discriminate.
+ Waving hi!
+ Looking at other babies/kids. 
+ Screaming in restaurants. She screams when she gets excited and apparently she gets really excited in restaurants. Probably because of the whole loving to eat thing.
+ Playing peek-a-boo.
+ Animal noises, especially cows!
+ Bath time. Still probably her favorite time of day.

She hates:
+ Not getting to eat whatever mommy and daddy are eating.
+ Being hungry.
+ Getting dressed.
+ Getting her diaper changed in the trunk of my SUV. Well baby girl, mama wouldn't have to do this if you didn't decide to poop before we go inside Target every time.

Next week we'll be celebrating our first Thanksgiving as a family of 3 with lots of yummy food and lots of family time. Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!


Isn't it funny how after a certain age, you really don't care much to celebrate your birthday anymore?! When you're young, all you want to do is grow up and be older... and when you're finally grown, all you want is for time to slow down and not get any older. Ahh, life.. you're so tricky!

I honestly forgot how old I was this year. I blame it on pregnancy and being a new mom. I barely know what day it is anymore. But when November showed up on my calendar, I realized it was my birthday month and I actually had to sit and think, wait, how old am I turning? Or perhaps I'm just in denial about how old I actually am. Whatever, I'm going with the first reason.

Birthdays then and now. Back when I had the energy to throw myself parties... and wear my hair down.

Normally, I wouldn't be all about celebrating my birthday. See first paragraph. But since this will be my first birthday with my baby girl here, I feel it's somewhat special. So, today I'm sharing 32 facts about me. Notice I didn't say fun facts because I can't guarantee you won't tune out by fact #10. 

1. I'm an only child.
2. sometimes I wish I wasn't.
3. contrary to the popular stereotype, I admit, I am not good at math.
4. but I am darn good with a calculator!
5. I took 5 years of piano lessons.
6. but ask me to play a song and I can't.
7. I feel bad that I wasted my parents money on lessons.
8. I mostly blame it on a bad teacher, I mean that was her job right?!

9. I hate cooking.
10. but I'm really good at following recipes and cooking delicious meals. 
11. no, I still don't enjoy it even if the meal comes out amazing.
12. I hate exercising.
13. mostly because I hate to sweat.
14. I hate nature.
15. that was a bold statement, I mean I don't enjoy doing things like camping, having bugs near me, or going on hikes.
16. when I was little I wanted to be a singer.
17. I know I'm not the only one that used to stand in front of a mirror, holding a hairbrush pretending it's a mic, and singing like they're on the grammy's. Or am I?
18. I can carry a tune, but I'm really not that good of a singer. Just ask my husband.
19. but I'm a better singer than he is, so that's all that really matters.

20. I am not above dressing my daughter like me. #matchingclothesforthewin
21. I figured I should do it now before she realizes how much her mother embarrasses her.
22. I enjoy folding laundry.
23. probably because I'm slightly ocd and have a need for all our clothes to be folded a certain way.
24. Hannah girl likes to help. Oh wait, that wasn't a fact about me. Hannah helps and I re-fold everything she unfolds, which means double enjoyment for me. 
25. yes I realize that's weird. 
26. I also really enjoy wrapping presents, for the same reason. 
27. my most embarrassing moment was during a parallel parking incident back in my early 20s. Let's just say it was in front of a Starbucks, and people clapped when I got out of the car.
28. after that day, I always paid extra to park in a garage or lot.

29. I can't remember the last time I had a good night's sleep. I'm talking 4+ consecutive hours of uninterrupted, blissful, dream a really good deep dream kind of sleep.
30. oh wait, I do remember, it was the night before my baby was born.
31. but now I have Hannah and I'll take her over sleep any day.
32. I love my little family and though I'm getting older, I'm willing to bet my birthdays will only get better.

My birthday is not until later this week, but you're never too old to celebrate birthday weeks!

I got the idea for this post from one of my favorite blogs, Camp Patton.

A Little Strawberry

Happy Halloween! This is our first Halloween with little Hannah so naturally we went a bit wild taking pictures of her in her costume. I'm sure the whole time she was thinking, "why am I here... oh a leaf!"

We get tons of trick or treaters in our neighborhood every year so we're looking forward to seeing all the kids in their costumes. We won't be walking around with little girl this time around, so she'll just be helping us hand out candy. I hope you all have a fantastic Halloween!

7 Months

I want to first address the fact that I realize this blog has made a turn since baby girl was born. If you come here looking for outfit inspirations and leave feeling disappointed, I apologize. I hope you understand though... my life is focused 100% on my daughter, and so this blog reflects that. I will try to do style posts every now and then, but let's be honest, little girl has better style anyway!

Some things will never change though -- I'm still a polka dot lover! You can follow me on instagram for more photos and snippets of our lives.

Now onto little girl's monthly update! Every month seems to be flying by faster and faster. She's a lot more mobile now, not quite crawling yet, but she can go backwards and sideways. She will roll and scoot until she is pretty much where she wants to be. She's working really hard to figure out this crawling thing. You can see her thinking about what to do when she's on the floor on all fours. She also has this new thing of kneeling. She likes to get up onto her knees, which probably means she wants to stand soon. Why is she growing up so fast!?

At 7 months, Hannah loves:
- Eating everything. She loves every kind of food I give her. Even if she makes a face afterwards as if she doesn't love it, she still chomps it down like a champ.
- Trying to move around on her own.
- Anything cold/frozen.
- Touching/looking at new things.
- "Talking" and by that I mean yelling.
- Peek-a-boo.
- Bath time.. still her favorite!

She hates:
- When we're not paying attention to her.
- Watching people eat and not getting to eat anything herself.
- Being bored.
- The vacuum. She no longer enjoys the sound of the vacuum like she did when she was a newborn.

What we're looking forward to -- the holidays with baby girl! It's going to be so much fun starting new traditions with her and seeing how she reacts to it all!

The First of Many Firsts

One of the things that I look forward to is the chance to experience all of Hannah's "firsts" with her. To see her reactions to new things and to watch her smile, learn, and have fun is just priceless. A few weeks ago (I know, I'm so behind on putting it on the blog), we went apple picking as a family of 3 for the first time and it did not disappoint!

Little girl loved being able to pull at the leaves, pull on the grass, touch all the apples, and eat/suck on the apples. She was having a ball. And we loved watching her do it all. 

We went to a local farm that had a giant apple orchard, with over 10 different kinds of apples to pick from, a pumpkin patch, a big playground for kids, a little farm animal section, a kitchen with homemade baked goods, and snack bar with yummy things like apple cider donuts. It was a day of pure fun for our family... and for my belly. We can't wait for next year!
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