The Best Is Yet To Come

Christmas with a little one is one of the most magical things ever. I never thought I could enjoy watching someone else open presents as much as I enjoyed watching our baby girl open her first Christmas presents.

Last year at this time I was pregnant and filled with anticipation, excitement, and anxiety of what was to come. This year we celebrated our first Christmas as a family of three and felt like we were the luckiest people to have our greatest gift here with us.

{All sweaters: Old Navy, Hannah's moccasins: Stitches & Soles, Hannah's headband: Yasmi & Crew}

As we head into 2015, I only feel excitement and joy in anticipation of what's to come. I get to watch my baby continue to grow into a little girl. She's going to be turning one is just a few months (gasp) and I know with that will come a whole new set of fun experiences and amazing memories. A part of me wants it all to slow down so that my baby can stay my baby forever, but really... I can't wait for this next part of our journey. 

Happy New Year everyone!

The Quickest 9 Months

Can you believe Hannah has been in our lives for just as long as she was in my belly? Let me tell you, these 9 months definitely passed way faster than it did when I was pregnant. It felt like I was preggo forever but now it seems it was only yesterday baby girl was born. It's unbelievable to me that she is already 9 months old and this month, she learned to do so much!

That is her 9 month sticker crumbled up in her hand, so mama had to write it on the picture instead.

She's crawling around like a pro with different techniques for carpeting and hardwood floors. She can also pull herself to stand now... I know, I'm in for it. The best new thing she does is whenever she hears music, she DANCES. It's hilarious to watch. She loves to sing (it's really just yelling) and dance! She's also working on learning to clap.  Overall, she's still a super happy baby, still not a great sleeper, and still loves to eat. And I'm still the proudest mommy ever.

At 9 months, she loves:
+ Eating, eating, eating. Her favorite are puffs, yogurt melts, and apples. But really, this girl will eat anything... especially if it's something mama and dada are eating.
+ Waving hi.
+ Listening to music and singing/dancing along.
+ Standing.
+ Playing peek-a-boo. She'll hide herself under a towel until we say "where's Hannah" and then she'll appear and have the proudest look on her face.
+ Going wherever mama goes.

She hates:
+ Getting dressed.
+ When you won't let her play (like when you need to get her dressed).
+ When mama leaves the room without her.

Up next for us is getting ready for our first Christmas together! We're so excited to start new traditions with our girl and watch her open all her presents. Yes, mama went a little wild with the gifts, but you only get to celebrate your 1st Christmas once, am I right? And yes, I do realize she will probably enjoy the wrapping paper much more than the actual presents. Follow us on instagram for more photos!

To all those who celebrate, have a very Merry Christmas!

My Little Cupcake + Baby Aspen Giveaway {Closed}

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We had a great time with our family, and of course, stuffing our faces with yummy food. Now it's time to get ready for Christmas! Can you believe it's already December?

If you have babies in your life that you need to get gifts for, you're in luck. Today, I want to introduce you to Baby Aspen, a boutique filled with adorable baby gifts. I was excited to work with them because we actually already own one of their cute baby bath robes, which we have been using for months. And now Hannah gets to test out one of their adorable cupcake outfits. Let's just say... ruffles + babies = cuteness overload.

{Baby Cakes cupcake top and bloomers: c/o Baby Aspen, Headband: mint & arrows}

Hannah had a blast wearing this! She couldn't stop touching all the ruffles and the cupcake and giggling at the same time. I would say this outfit is both mommy and baby approved!

Baby Aspen is giving away this cupcake outfit to one lucky Always Maylee reader. This would make a really cute holiday gift for that special baby girl in your life! Good luck!

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Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Ends on 12/10/14.

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.
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