A Year's Worth of Happy

The night before Hannah turned one I couldn't sleep. I kept thinking about the day she was born and how far we've come. We made it. We made it to one year. All the times where it seemed like she'd never stop crying, all those sleepless nights, all the sacrifices we made along the way, all the anxiety and stress over whether or not we were doing the best for our daughter... they all seemed like a distant memory on the night before she turned one. I was feeling proud, excited, and sad all at the same time. My baby is turning one. I admit, I cried a little. 

Knee Socks: Ry + RueMoccasins: Freshly Picked}

On the day of her first birthday party I was the proudest mama. The sheer look of joy on her face said it all. She knew the party was for her. She knew all these people were there for her. And she ate it all up like the happy girl she was!

I also wanted to do something just the two of us to celebrate her birthday. Just mommy and daughter. I guess it was more for me than it was for her, emotionally at least. I wanted us to have a special day for the two of us before she officially made her way into toddlerhood. We spent the day at Boston's Children's Museum. She loved every minute. Her face lit up at the sight of everything new and her eyes were filled with so much wonder. It was truly amazing to watch. We ate lunch together, "chatted" with each other, and slowly made our way home. It was glorious. I loved it. It meant the world to me that we got to have our day. 

Later that night we went out to dinner as a family of three. Of course we gave Hannah her very first bite of ice cream! Everything was just magical. From her party to her birthday outing. I know she won't remember it at all, but for us.. it was simply perfect.

So Fast

I am so behind on my updates! Hannah's first birthday has come and gone (which I will dedicate a separate post for) and I haven't even done her 11 month update yet... so now I'm catching up! 

So much has happened in these past couple of months. Baby girl has grown and learned so much. I'm still amazed by her every day and sometimes still can't believe I'm her mom. At 11 months, she learned to take a few steps on her own. She loves to hold my hand and walk around, though very hesitant to let go. She loves going out regardless of where... to the mall, to our baby gym class, to restaurants, it doesn't matter. She just loves being out and observing the world around her.

She loves:
- Babbling. She'll "talk" to herself all day long.
- Walking. Preferably with mommy holding her hand.
- Eating bread.
- Smiling at strangers.
- Waving hi.
- Music and dancing.
- Bath time. Especially bubble baths.
- Unrolling the toilet paper.

She hates:
- Diaper and clothing changes. Mostly because it means she has to stop doing what she's doing and lay still. Girl does not like to be still!

She really is such a good girl and is really well behaved. Next up is her first birthday!

How a Baby Changed Our Lives

Wow it's been a hot minute since I last blogged. Hannah turned 10 months a couple weeks ago, can you believe that? Of course I started planning her first birthday already. Hello craft projects! We've also been dealing with little girl's first cold (resulting in all of us getting sick), so that's been super fun. Needless to say, there just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day.

I think it's pretty obvious that having a baby changes your lives. People told us this all time while I was pregnant. I always responded with the casual head nod. But I never really knew how much our lives would change... until it did.

> For the first 4 months my husband and I never ate dinner together. One person had to hold the baby and watch in hunger as the other person ate. 

> And who has time to cook? When she was little she always wanted to be held. Now that she's mobile, she just clings onto my leg and wants to see what I'm doing. I admire the people who find the time to work, cook, and look after a baby. Seriously, tell me your secret. I did buy myself a crock pot and that has really been a game-changer for us. 

> We used to go to the movies every couple of months. Now we can only wish we had the time to sit through an entire movie on dvd without having to pause it to tend to the baby. One time it took us 4.5 hours to finish a whole movie.

> Say goodbye to privacy. Since Hannah started crawling, she has become my shadow. Everywhere mama went, baby went too... including the bathroom.

> Say goodbye to hot coffee. I never get to finish a whole cup while it's still hot. Lukewarm coffee has become the norm. 

> We do things based on the baby's sleep schedule. People always say "don't let the baby run your schedule". Sure, that's easy for you to say, but try dealing with an overtired baby. We made that mistake once. Never again.

> Babies demand a lot of attention. Like, all of your attention all the time. 

> Remember when I used to be a fashion blogger? Sigh. 

> There's never enough time. Between work, maintaining a house, and being with the baby... I barely have any free time. Plus, don't forget things like eating and showering. I consider those things luxury to-dos. I'm pretty exhausted by the end of the day so I go to bed early.. I'm talking 9pm. So lame!

However, and this will sound totally cliche, it's true what they say about the amount of love you have for your baby. It's indescribable. And it's a feeling you only really understand when you become a parent. Every day I look at my baby girl and I just feel so thankful. I love watching her grow, learn new things, laugh and dance, and just be happy. She's getting ready to walk and I'm both excited and petrified at the same time! I love her more and more with each day that passes. That's the biggest change... putting someone else before anything and everything in my life. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

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!
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