One Year Update

the baloney bug I wanted to get some “official” one year shots of Adelaide, so last weekend we went to Jon’s office where he has a mini studio set up.  Little girl had quite a difficult time standing on her mark because ohlookoverthere.

She wanted to do anything but stand in one spot, so I was pretty busy chasing her around while Jon tried to snap some photos.

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An attempt to get her to sit still and get some mama baby photos.  Also, unsuccessful. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug Latest tricks:

Jon and I are constantly amazed by this kid.  It seemed like at the beginning milestones were so far apart.

First there was the smile.  Then weeks later, roll over.  Months later, sit up.  Now she’s learning and growing at lightening speed.

Walking- She now walks exclusively.  If she falls, she’ll get right back up and keep going.  She often looks like a drunk lady, but that makes it even better.

Clapping- She’ll start clapping when I sing, which I judge her a little bit for, because mama can’t carry a tune.  She also does the “round and round” motion when I sing “Wheels on the Bus” which is crazy adorable.

Peekaboo- This is my favorite of the games.  She’ll pull something over her head and I say, “Where’s Adelaide?” and she pulls it down and starts laughing hysterically.  Love.

Food- Still a struggle, but we’re seeing progress.  We’ve discovered she loves oatmeal with bananas, still loving meat (chicken, kielbasa, pepperoni), yogurt and hummus.  She also loves throwing food on the floor, which is Brady’s favorite part of meal time.  And she may have shared an ice cream cone while riding in a wagon with our friend’s two year old son.

Stats- At her 1 year check up she weighed 17lbs (3rd percentile) and was in the 43rd percentile for height.  Tiny peanut.  Our doctor is no longer worried about her weight.  She’s just a tiny girl.

Hobbies- Playing in Brady’s food, eating Brady’s food, spilling Brady’s water.

Adelaide’s Donut Party

the baloney bug I never thought I’d feel so emotional about my baby turning one.  I always hear moms talking about their kid turning one and think, “Okay, it’s not really that big of a deal.

But it is.  In so many ways.

I mean, first off, I survived a year of parenting.  I think that alone is worth a party.

There were days over the last year that just dragged on, but then somehow they turned into weeks and before I knew it, I had a one year old.  One who is walking and doing tricks and constantly making me laugh.

I keep thinking back to a year ago when my water broke, when we walked the halls of the hospital, when I trusted my body and when I became a mother.  I think about that call I made to my mom to tell her I was in labor and how I started crying thinking about how my life was about to change, while she told me I could do this.

My life has stayed the same in some ways, and simultaneously changed in every way.

I sometimes forget that I’m a mom.  When I go to work or when I am out without Adelaide.  I’m just another normal person on the street, except I’m not.  I’m a mother to a precious girl.  A one year old.

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I decided a while back that the party theme would be donuts.  And yes, donuts can be a party theme.  Why not?  We served donuts from Doughnut Plant which were a huge hit.  Since our party was at noon, I wanted to serve brunch type foods.  We had also rented out a space, so I couldn’t serve any hot foods.  I finally decided on donuts (of course), bagels, donut shaped cake pops, chicken salad on croissants and fresh fruit cups.  And booze. 14-03-08_1st_Birthday_05 the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug

The majority of our party was adults, so we set up a bloody mary bar (so much fun picking ingredients for this- even made some bacon which was a hit), mimosas (with orange and grapefruit juice), water and coffee.  I had a dream a few days before the party that we forgot celery for the bloody mary bar.  The horror!

We also asked that our friends not bring gifts.  We live in a tiny apartment and just don’t have the space for extra things.  Plus we wanted to just have our friends all gather and come have a good time without have to worry about picking out a gift for a one year old.  Our friends are so generous though, and literally every person asked if they could bring something or help out in some way.  In hindsight I might have asked them to bring food or toiletries for the shelter my church supports so that they didn’t feel awkward showing up empty handed.

The room was filled with our friends and family who love us and love Adelaide.  To look every direction and see the people that have helped you raise your daughter is a feeling like no other.  I know how lucky I am to have had the support I’ve had over the last year and I’m eternally grateful for every single one of those people.  It really does take a village. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug I was hesitant to have a smash cake at the party for a few reasons.  We’d have to get a high chair to the party location, Adelaide would of course get messy, but how messy?  I decided to suck it up and go for it.  The cake was made at a local bakery (I just asked for a plain white 4″ cake) and I put donut shaped cake pops on top.

I brought a change of clothes for her and a ton of wipes. 

Turns out we didn’t really need them because girlfriend doesn’t want any cake.

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She was not at all interested in the cake.  She picked off the donuts one by one and tossed them to the ground.  She wouldn’t even touch the cake, so finally Jon put his finger in the icing and gave her a taste.  She was still skeptical.  Finally, we got her a fork and she took a few bites off of a fork and then tried to stand up and get out of her chair.  Basically, it was the cleanest smash cake you’ve ever seen.  She didn’t wear a bib and didn’t get a speck of icing on her clothes.  She kills me. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug I still can’t believe I have a one year old.  I’m so lucky to be her mama.

Thoughts on Having an Almost One Year Old

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^^Getting some walking practice in before bath

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^^The subway doors opened, this guy got on  one knee and proposed.  Then the subway doors closed and they were off.  It was awesome.

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^^Brady steals Jon’s seat on the couch

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^^Loves snow.  At least someone is enjoying this winter.

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This weekend my little baby turns one.  It’s hitting me much harder than I expected.  My heart almost feels heavy thinking that she’s not a little baby anymore.  I’ll save the rest of my mushy thoughts about this for her actual birthday post.

We’re full swing into party mode in our apartment.  I’m so excited to have all of the people who have supported us and loved on her over the last year in one place at one time to celebrate.

Bring on the party!

The Neverending Snow Day

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Friday night Jon and I decided to take a last minute trip to Maryland.  He had been away on business last week and I really needed to get away for a bit.  The first few snows of the year were so exciting, but now it’s just becoming stressful.  The snow is piling up all around us, making it nearly impossible to park the car, and dangerous to walk the dog.

Brady gets three walks a day and being the sole person in charge of walking him, with baby in tow, while Jon was away was getting to me.  I needed to get out of this place for a few days!  A long weekend seemed like the perfect time to throw everyone in the car and go on a road trip.  We didn’t even pack bags, I just grabbed all the laundry and left.

Adelaide doesn’t seem to mind the cold weather, but as soon as I put her down in the snow to snap a couple of photos she lost her marbles. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug We’re back in the city where it’s snowing (again).  The first few snows were magical, but now I’m just over it.

Come on spring, come on.

Valentine’s Day

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Daddy’s Girl

the baloney bug I went to a cooking class on Saturday and came home to Adelaide snuggled and asleep on Jon’s chest.  It was about the sweetest thing, and Jon didn’t dare move a muscle because everyone knows not to wake a sleeping baby.  I love the bond they have, the way Jon has his ways to take care of her and entertain her.  They aren’t necessarily the way I would do it, but that’s what makes them so great.  I’m not sure there’s any greater way to melt my heart than to see my baby and my husband sharing a moment like this. the baloney bug the baloney bug

Eleven Months

the baloney bug I can’t believe we’re less than a month away from Adelaide’s first birthday.  Part of me is so excited to celebrate her birthday and the other part is saying, “no no no!”  I can’t possibly have a one year old!  She is such a happy baby.  The moment she first catches my eye in the morning is one of my favorites.  She spots me across the room and her face just lights up.  The pure joy she has when she sees me is just humbling.

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A few of my favorite tricks:

Waving- Her wave is more of an outstretched arm without the “back and forth” motion.  Basically, it’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.  If you ask her “can you say hi” she’ll respond with a wave.  Melts my heart.

Standing- She’s been able to stand for a few seconds for a while, but now she’s got it down.  It’s so cute to just place her on the ground and instead of flopping to sit she just stands there.  She’s super speedy with her walker and I’m fairly certain she’ll be walking on her own in no time.

Food- Ugh, food.  This is still our biggest struggle.  She’s very low on the growth charts (always has been, even when I was pregnant) which isn’t surprising since Jon and I are so small.  Our pediatrician really pushed getting some solids in her, so we’ve been giving it our best shot.  She’s still exclusively on breastmilk (nurses before I leave for work, when I get home and before bed as well as taking 3 bottles of pumped milk while I’m at work).  The only foods she’s shown an interest in so far are pepperoni (discovered this on accident when I was having cheese and crackers and she snatched one and devoured it), meatloaf, brussel sprouts (another one we discovered on accident) and avocado on crackers.  We’ve tried countless other foods and she’s hated them all.  She’s also gotten really good at sneaking food to Brady which is of course adorable and equally frustrating.  Definitely an odd ball when it comes to food.

Doing things on command- While she’s been blowing raspberries for quite a while she recently has started doing them on command.  If we blow raspberries at her she’ll blow them back, pause while we blow them at her and then blow them back at us.  It’s the most fun game and keeps us all occupied for far too long.  She will crawl to me if I tell her to “come here” and will occasionally stop playing in Brady’s water if I ask her to.  Note that’s only on occasion, because playing in Brady’s water is her most favorite thing to do.  Cheeky little thing.

Talking- Still only says “dada” which was cute at first, but it’s getting old.  Give me a mama!  If we say “mama mama mama” she’ll respond by saying, “dada”.  Rude.

Straw cup- Drinking water is probably one of her most favorite things.  If she’s upset just show her a cup and she’s instantly happy.  Sometimes she chugs the entire cup of water and other times she chugs the entire cup and swallows none of it.  That’s always fun.

The countdown to her first birthday has officially begun!

A {Very Belated} Christmas Post

the baloney bug Oh, was Christmas over a month ago?  That’s funny.  Well, these pictures are still adorable, and better late than never.  Right?  Right??

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the baloney bug Merry belated Christmas.  The holidays had so much more meaning and sparkle with a little one this year.

And Christmas pjs.  Those make everything more fun.



the baloney bug Over the weekend Jon and I took a trip up to Rochester to visit some family and college friends.  We hit quite a bit of snow, which made our long travels even longer more exciting.  Adelaide generally hates the car, but was a total trooper.

We got home last night and unpacked our snow gear only to have it on standby for another impending storm.

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Hope you had a wonderful weekend as well!

The Outtakes — 2013 Edition

the outtakes This years card was easily my favorite of all the ones we’ve done.  I thought between a baby and a dog that it would be a nightmare to shoot, but it turned out to be pretty fun.

To answer the most popular questions: yes, Jon is holding the gifts, this is on Park Avenue and it is three pictures Photoshopped together.  Our most complex post-production card to date.

The gifts were empty boxes I had around the apartment that I wrapped with paper from the dollar store.  I then used packing tape to tape the boxes to each other so they wouldn’t topple over when Jon was holding them.

We originally wanted this to be two photos that were photoshopped together (Jon and Brady, Adelaide and me), but after we were done decided it was best to combine three different shots.  More on that in a bit.

outtakes I love this picture of Brady, Kristin and Brian howling at a siren that was going by.  We shot their Christmas card minutes before for them to announce their pregnancy and then they stuck around to help us with our card.  Check out their card here.

outtakes Brady getting a bit too excited.

outtakes And, Brady letting the Upper East Side know what’s up.

And now, for how it came together (also known as, my husband has mad skills):

Shot 1: Jon and the gifts

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Shot 2: Adelaide and me

how it came together Shot 3: Add in the dog

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The final product:

Screen-Shot-2013-12-23-at-9.03.33-PM I wish I had video of Kristin and Brian calling Adelaide and Brady and getting them to look at the camera.  We all looked a bit crazy, but we had so much fun with this card.

It just makes me even more excited for Adelaide to get to be a part of our traditions, and to add in her ideas in the future.

Sky’s the limit.