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!

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.
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