Monday, November 14, 2016

one year!

My favorite things:
  • Yelling! I like to yell across the house to see if anyone will answer me. I don't care if Mom is on the phone or if Dad is trying to watch something on TV- I just want to yell back and forth!
  • Going to the park. I can't walk still, but I love swinging and sitting watching the big kids run around. I sometimes like the slide, but I'm happier to just observe. 
  • Dogs and cats! I laugh and smile every time we see them out on our walks and sometime I'm just so thrilled to see Beau come around the corner that I squeal with delight!
My least favorite things:
  • Being too far from Mom. I've been pretty consistent about this since I was just a teensy babe, but if my Mama could hold me and carry me everywhere she goes, I'd be pretty glad. 
Eva is one! And this update is overdue, but it's because we were too busy celebrating! My mom and R's parent's flew down to help us celebrate and we had a wonderful party (pictures coming soon!) and spent the week reminiscing about what a difference a year makes. We talked about what we were doing last year at this same time and I reflected on how far I've come as a parent in just twelve short months. I haven't enjoyed every single moment, but I find that as she gets bigger and as I become more confident, I'm able to take the tough days in stride and relish the sweet moments a little more. It's been a wonderful year and I am thankful and excited for the year ahead!

Here's what we've been up to this month:

Eva and her bestie Ember taking a wagon ride. 

We're in full on toddle mode over here with this little lady getting into cabinets and drawers all the time. This Tupperware cabinet is her favorite and the drawer with the Ziploc bags is my least favorite... 

Checked out our local used bookstore and Eva was in a heaven of pulling books off the shelf. 

It's not fall until you visit a pumpkin patch. And I managed to get a rare photo of her standing with no help! 

Grandma and Grandpa got Eva the same wagon that her buddy Ember has and she loves it! 

We all survived out first hurricane! (With the help of  important provisions, of course.)

She let me put this clown wig on and she kept it on for a lot longer than I expected. Maybe she''ll have a future in the circus? 

This is the scene several times a day under the highchair: Beau lets Eva kick him in the head because he knows the reward is food falling from the sky right into his mouth. 

Who knew Q-tips could make a girl so happy?

Soaking up all the warm Florida weather while we still can.

Helping Dad build a bed frame. 

Wrestling her buddy Ethan. Cue the heart eyes!

Where there is food, there is a happy Eva. 

Sometimes they look so much alike I have to do a double take. 

More heart eyes for these two!

We also began the process of selling our house! More information in later posts, but we're bidding Florida farewell soon!

And just for good measure, here's one of my two faves taken this same week last year. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

eleven months.

My favorite things:

  • Eating! I've been eating for a while, but I'm a growing girl and I am happy to sit and eat anything, anytime! (I am eating Cheerios in this picture...)
  • Exploring new things without Mom. It's no secret that I like my Mom nearby, but this month I got just a little more comfortable venturing out on my own and spending time without her.
  • Screeching with joy! Still no words yet, but I love to let out a loud screech in my car seat or my highchair to let the world know that I am lovin' life!
My least favorite things:
  • Teething. I got a molar this month and it was the worst teething pain I've had so far. 
  • Avocados. My Mom is always trying to get me on the avocado bandwagon, but I'm not having it. Get over it, Mom. 
This month I'm still working, but we left daycare and now Eva goes to a friend's house while I work. It's been such a wonderful blessing for me. She gets loved on and prayed over and cared for in a way that makes me feel so grateful for the community we have here in Jax. 

As we enter October and get ready to celebrate Eva's first birthday, I'm so amazed at how fast and how full this year has been. I'm constantly looking at our big, joyful girl and thinking back to when she was so tiny and I'm amazed at what we've learned about her and ourselves this year. 

Here's a little of what we've been up to this month: 

Helping me work. 

Eva wasn't crazy about daycare, but the ladies there were so sweet to her even though she did a lot of crying!

These flamingos at the hardware store were very intriguing to her. 

Eva lets Dad carry her like this and she loves it, but when I try she pulls my hair and whines to get down.

We took a little family trip to Tampa to try some breweries. Eva's been in more breweries before her first birthday than some people have ever been to!

We saw a Tampa Bay Rays game and Eva was less than enthused. 

She was all fun-ed out.

We lost a good friend here this month. RIP. 

A little Halloween costume shopping. I'm glad we live in a time when a waffle is a thing your child can be for Halloween.

We got to see the Packers play the Jags here and it was my first Packer game! Nothing like welcoming in football season in 100 degree weather! 

R was showing our buddy Ethan how to use the toys in the garage. 

Eva loved cruising around in her friend's new ride at a birthday party! 

Giving the team a pep talk. 

We had a checkup and she is healthy and thriving and tall! 

She loves hanging out in the fridge and gets sad when we close the door. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

ten months.

My favorite things:

  • Pulling up on errythang! I even climb Mom while she sits on the floor. 
  • Chatting and making new sounds. I like screeching and gurgling and just generally trying to see what crazy noises I can make while I figure out how to talk. 
  • My friends! I haven't always been the most social baby- I like to observe before I make any commitments. But lately I've been much more interested in other babies and even sharing toys and smiling and offering big, sloppy open mouth kisses!
My least favorite things:
  • When someone takes too long to feed me. I start in with the screeches when I have to wait for food!
  • When Mom leaves me at daycare. I always have a good time, but I hate seeing her walk away and cry every. single. time. 
We've had a lot going on over here. We celebrated Eva turning nine months in Wisconsin and spent some time getting into a new routine when we got back. I'm working temporarily, so Eva started day care and the best I can say is that she hates it a little less every day. She's so much more mobile now and getting into things all over the house. She's more social and chatty with us and she dances and claps.

It feels like almost every day of the last two months has been crammed full of work and events and dates and suddenly I looked down and someone replaced my little, fat, bald baby with a little girl whose wonderful personality is becoming more and more apparent every day. Nothing felt like more of a confirmation of that than my brother and his wife welcoming their baby girl into the world exactly nine months after Eva was born. Holding an hours hold, feather-light newborn and while my daughter sits eating cheez-its, it really sank in just how quickly it flies by. 

Here's a little of what we've been up to this month (and a little bit of last month too, because why not):
She did so well on the flight to Milwaukee! She even earned a pair of wings. 
With her Grandma Rita at her new baby cousin's island themed baby shower.
One of my favorite mama's in the world, my bestie Megan with her little man, Callum. 
Her first time at the coffee shop that started it all for her Mom and Dad!
Meeting her second cousin, who was so interested in helping her and being sweet to her. 
The only thing she liked better than the cat door at Nana's house were the cats that wanted nothing to do with her. 
Grandpa hung a swing in the backyard for her and she LOVED it! 
An Old Fashioned garnished with a cheese curd? The most Wisconsin drink this mama could get her hands on!
Callum teaching Eva all about the finer things; like chocolate ice cream. (In true toddler fashion, after she got a taste and wanted more, Callum looked at her seriously and said, "NO MORE BABY EVA." 
My mom and sister and I have a tradition of getting toe rings at the Wiscinsin State Fair and Eva got to join the tradtion this year! 
Callum and Eva. Best Friends 4 Lyfe. 
Auntie Melissa and Eva make a fine MKE duo.
Just chatting with Grandpa about things like nap time and Cheerios. 
If you're thinking of a good family dog, consider a Great Dane like my mom's puppy Kate. Gentle giant, indeed. 
However, a high chair is not so high for a Great Dane.
Playing on the playground on my old block that I grew up on. 
Just a little timeout with her Uncle Jon. 
In just a few months, it'll be time to welcome another bestie into the world; my oldest friend Erin's baby girl makes her debut this fall! 
Somehow we didn't get any pictures, but Eva got to spend some time with her two cousins, Cain and Noah. This is the aftermath of playing with her boy cousins...
Another day, another Old Fashioned. 
Meeting her brand new cousin, Ruth! 
Two days in the car on the drive home meant lots and lots of Brown Bear. Dare I say, too much Brown Bear? 
A stop in Memphis with Auntie Melissa and Uncle Jason. We weren't even in Memphis a whole hour before she was gnawing on a rib bone!
Back home and helping with chores...  
She'll be walking in no time! 
And finally, I'm lucky to have a sister who is a photographer and got some sweet shots of our bedtime routine, which is a part of the day I love (for lots of reasons!). This is one of my favorite pictures of one of my favorite moments as a Mama.
Photo credit: Yates Photography