I had sooo many pinterest ideas for what I wanted to do to capture Blaire each month throughout her first year. Seeing her grow up next to her favorite little bear and this throw pillow is just perfect. The past few months it was impossible to get a photo of her bear sitting next to her, because she’s so obsessed with her that she has to be holding her. Well… now that Blaire’s a year, I just had to put all of these pictures together. It’s amazing to watch her grow. :) Is it weird if I want to make her do this every month for the rest of her life? xo
I can’t believe it’s 8:45 on Sunday night. Thanks, a lot, Daylight Savings Time.
We have had quite the weekend. On Thursday I picked Blaire up from daycare and I was told that she wasn’t herself all day. Crying, sleepy and wouldn’t eat. Not like her at all. When I got her jacket on her, she laid down on the floor like she was going to go to sleep. Her eyes were rimmed with red and she definitely didn’t seem like herself. I called her doctor and they were able to get us in that night. Sure enough, she had lots of white spots on her swollen little tonsils. Her strep test came back negative and she didn’t have a fever. So they sent us on our way with orders for lots of fluids, rest and tylenol, as needed. On Friday when she woke up, another bottom tooth had popped through! I stayed home with her that day (and attempted to get some work done from home during nap time!) so that she could sleep in and get lots of rest.
This weekend she has still been whiny and hasn’t been eating as much as normal. The one thing I could get her to eat on Thursday night and Friday was chicken and stars soup. She LOVED it. She goes back to the doctor tomorrow for her one year wellness visit/shots, so they’ll recheck her throat then. I imagine it’s still a little swollen, but then again now maybe it’s just the tooth to blame for my cranky girl! She was definitely happy to get out of the house today for lunch and some shopping. I was so happy to have my smily girl back. It was the PERFECT Sunday!
We’re gearing up for another crazy week and weekend. We’re getting our bedroom ready for our new bed and bedroom set to get delivered next Saturday! I CAN’T WAIT! It is supposed to be in the 50s starting tomorrow and I’m super excited at the thought of being able to go for walks in the park. Blaire was just big enough that she could swing and now she’s going to be able to run around the playgrounds. Other things I’m excited for: open-toe shoes, chubby baby legs in shorts and sunshine! We have a wedding coming in a few weekends and I got Blaire this dress and cardigan to wear. They are THE CUTEST! I’m hoping the warm weather will stick around and she won’t have to cover up her adorable little arms, but we’ll see! Have a great week! xo
Blaire is always on the go these days! She loves toys that she can carry around with her, and she also loves trying to put things into purses and bags. She is just so girly, it cracks us up! She is so happy with her purse and her baby. But these other things are our current favorites, too!
Baby Doll // Purse // Vanity // Frog Wubbanub // Blocks // Shake It Up Book
Baby Doll: Blaire LOVES this baby doll. She got it as a birthday gift and carries it around with her everywhere. She hugs it and even pretends to feed it a “bottle”.
Purse: Blaire is a girly girl. She carries around this little purse and we take it with us pretty much everywhere. She loves taking everything out of it, and then putting it all back in. She especially loves the little mirror!
Vanity: Blaire does like looking at herself, but her favorite parts of this are actually the little pieces that go with it. The lipstick is her baby’s “bottle” and the little makeup brush always makes her laugh!
Wubbanub: There was quite a chunk of time when Blaire wasn’t using binkys at all. When we moved her to her own room, we started offering it to her in the middle of the night. This little guy keeps her happy through the night, naptime and other random points throughout the day.
Blocks: These blocks are perfect! Blaire loves carrying them around, and knocking them down. She doesn’t stack them on her own yet… but she gets so excited when we’re stacking them and she’s waiting to knock them down. They lightweight and even make little squeaking noises.
Shake It Up Book: Blaire has had this book since she was little, and is now a pro at shaking it! You can’t tell from the photo, but it has little balls in the spine of the book, so you can shake them to make noise while you’re reading the book. She’s so proud of herself when she shakes it on her own. :)
Those are our favorites! What are/were your 12 month old’s favorite things? I love getting Blaire new things to help her continue learning and developing into such a little smarty pants. xo
This little girl is finally one year old! She is just as funny and charming as ever. She is one of the fastest walkers around and lights up every room. She has six teeth (three on top and three on bottom) and is still sleeping through the night (most nights!). She has said quite a few words, but the only words she really says on a daily basis are da da and mom. Her most recent is “yeah” and she loves repeating it after mom and dad. It’s so funny! She just loves our animals and has a lot of fun chasing them around and trying to play with them/give them hugs. I hear she does the same to her friends at daycare.
One of her favorite toys for the past month has been a baby doll that she plays with at daycare. She carries it around all day and calls it da da da da da. She got her own similar doll for her birthday and this little doll goes everywhere with her. She even tried to feed it with her little lipstick tube. It is SO adorable. I can’t handle it. She is still very in to carrying around her purse (and anything that had handles like a purse.)
She understands all kinds of phrases, like “Come here.” and “Go show daddy!” It seems like she learns something new every day. Watching her learn and grow is truly more rewarding than I ever thought possible. She is the love of our lives and I’m just not sure what we ever did without her! We love you so much Blaire and we hope this year was an amazing start to a lifetime of love and happiness for you.
Writing about and sharing pictures from the day Blaire was born gave me such a flood of emotions! I knew I wanted to share her birth story, since I wasn’t blogging one year again when she was born. We knew Blaire was breach at about 32 weeks. We were given a few options: aversion, seeing a chiro, laying upside down on the staircase with something frozen on top of her head and I’m sure there were more. I had never seen a chiropractor before and wasn’t comfortable starting then. The process of the aversion freaked me out, and it would have had be done during the week Jason had to be in Brazil for work. I tried putting a bag of frozen corn on her head and while she did seem to get mad, she didn’t change her position much.
We decided we would leave it up to Blaire to get herself where she needed to be, and we just scheduled the C Section. I have noticed a giant push in recent years for natural childbirth and a lot of moms feeling like they’ve “failed” if they have to have a C Section. Well, I am not one of those moms! However you get your baby out, you still GAVE BIRTH! You carried a baby and brought a new life in to this world. So kudos to you, mama! I also know I would have had to have gotten an epidural because I’m a whimp. I’m a control freak, so being able to schedule the date and time, and knowing what date we would be leaving the hospital with a baby was comforting to me. (Obviously she could have decided to come sooner, but I just had the strongest feeling she’d stay put.) Before you see the next picture, let me provide you with a disclaimer. In my surgical paperwork that I had to sign off on ahead of time, it said I was not allowed to wear makeup or nail polish in to surgery. Therefore… I look terrible in ever photo taken this day. (It also said not to bring your wedding rings… which was stupid because they would’ve been super cute in her newborn photos.)
The day of my C Section we had to be to the hospital around 5AM to get all checked in and up to the room. I don’t think I have to say that we didn’t get much sleep that night. There’s something so exciting and frightening about knowing you’re leaving your house in the morning, and coming home in a few days with a baby. I had to get all changed in to my gown and get my IV hooked up. (I HATE NEEDLES!) They immediately started pumping lots of cold fluid through my IV and it made me shiver, which meant they brought me warm blankets to keep me cozy. The nurse hooked my belly up to a machine to monitor Blaire’s heartbeat and I was having some small contractions (probably because I was so nervous!). About 20 minutes before surgery was supposed to start they did a quick ultrasound to confirm she was still breech. The worst part of the entire surgery was getting the spinal, and the fact that Jason couldn’t be in the operating room while they gave it to me. They literally tried about 20 times. It was terrible… but I knew if they couldn’t get it, then I’d have to be put under while they performed the surgery. Luckily they were finally able to get it and our beautiful girl enter the world less than 20 minutes later! She had red hair and was so tiny and precious. She also had the common features of a Frank Breech baby – a perfectly shaped head and she was amazing at doing the splits! ;) For those of you who don’t know, Frank Breech is just one of the different breech positions. It is when the baby is bent in half. Her head was up on one side of my ribs, with her hands and feet on the other side… and her little butt was down where her head should have been.
I was worried that they had to take her and Jason back to the room while they finished the surgery, but it was only another 10 minutes and I was in the room with my two loves. I also thought I would be much more aware of what was going on in the operating room. Between Jason and the anesthesiologist, they kept me entertained and I had no idea they had even started the surgery until the doctor said “We have two legs! Now we just need that little head!” And about 30 seconds later, we heard Blaire cry for the first time! In the end, it was an amazing, tiring day. The feeling of knowing you get to meet you baby within minutes is just the craziest feeling you can ever imagine. And all of the nice texts, posts and visits from friends remind you what a great group of people you have around you, helping you welcome that precious new baby in to the world!
Told ya she was amazing at the splits! ;) There it is… Blaire’s birth story. I’d love to know if you were able to deliver naturally, or if you had a C Section. If you had a C Section – have you had C Sections with your next children or did you try a VBAC? HAPPY WEEKEND! xo