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 Her favorite activity: giving the dog her food.

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the baloney bug Not so excited for her thank you kiss.

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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.

Adelaide Meets Santa

the baloney bug As much as I would love to stay inside for the entire month of December and do all of my shopping on Amazon, I have a kid and she needs to see Santa.  How else is she going to get everything on that wish list of hers?

I quickly ruled out seeing Santa at Macy’s after reading stories of the long lines, and decided we’d try our luck at Bloomingdale’s.  Santa sits on the 8th floor and rarely has a line.  Plus, the subway takes you right there and you don’t have to even go above ground.  Done.

We got there and the minute we walked into the door of Bloomingdale’s, Adelaide fell asleep.  So we walked around a bit and finally woke her up because it was getting dangerously close to the time Santa had to close up shop.

Girlfriend was not impressed with getting woken up in the middle of the store, which was shocking to me, because that’s basically what I dream about every night.

She was unsure of Santa at first, and then decided she’d had enough and wanted to be back in mama’s arms.

Overall our first Santa experience was better than expected.  There was absolutely no line and you could take your own photos and weren’t required to buy a package.  In this day and age free is unheard of, so I was pretty excited.

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Adelaide’s Wishlist


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It’s that time of year again.  Except if you’re a baby, it’s the first time.  I’m so excited for Adelaide’s first Christmas, for her first visit to Santa (will she smile or will she scream?) for her first time in our annual Christmas card.  I let her open a gift over Thanksgiving with my family thinking she would just love ripping the paper open, but instead she loved eating the paper.  At least she had fun, right?