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.

Valentine’s Day

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Bath Time Fun

the baloney bug Time for more bath pictures.  Every night at bath time, Jon and I just sit there and smile as Adelaide splashes water up at herself and plays with her bath toys.  She’s so close to crawling (in fact she slithered for the first time last night) and she so badly wants to just lay on her belly in the tub and swim around.  I wish it was easier to get kids into swim lessons in the city because I know she would just love it.

My parents were in town for the weekend (celebrating their 35th anniversary, which is today!) and it was so nice to see them.  Adelaide is growing and changing so quickly, so I was glad they got to see her.  Also, she hates the car, so I’m extra glad we didn’t have to go anywhere!

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The Ferry Building

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The Ferry Building was just over a mile from our hotel, or in New York terms, walking distance.  I took Adelaide there on a Thursday when the Farmer’s Market was already set up.  Except I didn’t have any cash on me or my ATM card.  Serious Mom fail.  Lucky for me, inside the building are another set up of restaurants and shops with some seriously awesome food.

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I’d been dying to stop by Miette ever since I found their cookbook a few years back, and stared endlessly at the treats before finally deciding on a few.

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Definitely a must for anyone visiting San Francisco.  Yum.

Happy Friday!

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love, the little girl who refuses to smile for the camera

This Child of Mine

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Someone decided they didn’t want to nap all day yesterday, so instead of packing and cleaning like I’d planned on doing I bounced, patted, sang, fed, snuggled (repeat, repeat, repeat) a fussy baby for six hours.  Let me go ahead and repeat that.  Six hours.

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She’s lucky she’s so freaking cute.

PS. Someone asked me if she was a boy while she was wearing this outfit.  Head to toe pink…um, no.

Baby’s First Vacation

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We just got back from our friend’s wedding in the Dominican Republic, although I have almost zero photos to prove we were ever at the beach.  Between the pool bar and keeping sun off my delicate skinned offspring I totally failed in the photo department.

But Adelaide has a passport and a stamp in it, so that’s something, right?

I propped her up on the bed so I could use both hands to get ready for the wedding, and when I turned around she was smiling and giggling and making the best baby squeals.  She’s started making raspberries and it’s possibly the cutest thing ever.  The best is when she can’t quite get it right, and just sits there with her lips pouted and little bubbles all around her mouth from past raspberry attempts.

I can’t resist kissing her plump cheeks and telling her how much mama adores her.

On the Road

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We’ve been living on the road for the last couple of weeks.  Adelaide and I have spent the majority of our time in Maryland at my parents while Jon was in California on business.  Then the three of us had a quick trip to Pennsylvania followed by a few days in DC and then back to Maryland.

It’s been quite the whirlwind and it’s almost time to pack up and head back to New York.  I sure haven’t missed having to carry a baby (and all the stuff the baby requires) up and down the stairs of my walk up apartment.  Or scraping up quarters to do laundry.

But I sure do miss that city.

Love is Sweet

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This past weekend I threw a bridal shower for my friend Jessica.  We became quick friends when she started dating Jon’s best friend Matt.

I always used to tell Matt that I wanted him to date someone who I could be friends with, so I was pretty excited when he introduced me to Jess.

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I of course had to have a mimosa bar, because what event is complete without a little booze?  I served the champagne with grapefruit, orange juice and raspberry lemonade.  The raspberry lemonade was by far the most popular choice (probably because it was awesome).

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This cheese board is actually Jon’s masterpiece.  Thank goodness I had him around to help set up before the shower because preparing for a shower with a newborn takes a tiny bit longer than I expected.

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I used this recipe for the cucumber topping.  It’s just Boursin cheese and a tiny bit of heavy cream.  Easy and awesome.  Done and done.

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Then there were cheesecake pops.  Oh, cheesecake pops.

True story: I tried to make my very first cheesecake the day before the shower while Adelaide was napping.  I rushed through it and got it in the oven literally at the same time that she woke up.  I baked it for an hour and then let it cool in the oven for the recommended five hours.

And then I forgot about it.

The next morning I woke up and realized my mistake.  I’m pretty sure the guests wouldn’t have appreciated eating a cheesecake that had been sitting out for twenty four hours, so I had to throw it out and send Jon to buy a store bought one.  The worst part isn’t that I had to throw out a perfectly good cheesecake, it’s that I wasted an entire two hour nap.

Next time I would skip trying to make it from scratch and just buy a store bought one to begin with.

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Congratulations to Matt and Jessica.  We couldn’t be more excited for you!