In Maddie Jane Month by Month


Oh my sweet Maddie Jane.  I swear I just brought that tiny 5lb bundle home from the hospital, and here we are... planning your first birthday!! How in the world are you into double digits? You are the sweetest girl in the whole wide world. You are so full of life - you giggle and squeal You love everyone and everything around you SO big. You're just so stinkin happy all the time! And your happiness is infectious! Not a person we pass can look at you and not develop the cheesiest grin. Like your daddy, you are so laid back, and so go with the flow. We can take you anywhere! You adapt to whatever situation you're in and always save your meltdowns until we get back home haha! You're the light of our lives - we start our morning and end our evening soaking up every little ounce of your goodness. We are so insanely proud to be your parents little girl - you have blown our wildest dreams out of the water! 

Maddie girl you are an eating machine!! You love, love, love food and do SO well with picking up and chewing. We have pretty much done away with baby food all together and you eat what we are having or some pre-made meals I have made for you. Your favorites are yogurt, apple sauce, eggs, bread, pasta, ground turkey, cheerios, tomatoes, and bananas. You aren't a huge fan of anything green, so we trick you to eat them with apple sauce :) You are a MESSY eater and have to go immediately from your chair to the bath. Still consistently drinking formula bottles throughout the day, and one in the middle of the night (ugh). This is the month we are going to wean you off though, right!? 

You are doing a lot better in the sleep department this month. We have been very consistent with your routine and make sure you get in bed before you are too tired. You nap for two hours every morning and an hour in the afternoon. You go to bed around 8pm, wake up around midnight to eat and then sleep till 5/6am. It's not ideal, but we are going to get you back to that glorious sleeping through the night thing SOON. You wake up in the mornings SO happy - just standing up in your crib, grinning at us to pick you up. What a way to start our day!!! 

Holy cow, development. We can't keep up with you! You literally learn new things every single day. You are standing up now, often times without holding on. You have been cruising around the room holding on to the couch. You are a FAST crawler, and we cannot keep our eyes off you for one second. You said Mama once and never again, still constantly say Dada over and over and over. You read books and point at stuff with your tiny little finger. You play solo so, so well and love building with your blocks. You have zero separation anxiety - you will let anyone in the world hold you and could care less when I drop you off at daycare. When we keep the nursery at church, you are totally fine with me holding other babies. You are great at mimicking sounds I make, especially squeals!  You are still our tiny girl weighing 17 lbs (20th percentile), but with a big ole noggin. You are wearing size 3 diapers, and 6-9/6-12 months clothes. 

You LOVE playing with Mama's makeup every morning!! You LOVE food and pretty much snack You LOVE looking at your self in the mirror and crack yourself up. You HATE the car seat most days until you inevitably fall asleep. You HATE having your diaper changed or really having to be still for anything. You LOVE Mickey Mouse and have a pretty awesome Hot Dog Song dance of your own :) You LOVE banging on anything - especially the closed toilet while I get ready in the mornings, ha! You LOVE the bath and HATE when it's time to get out. You LOVE FaceTiming with your Gigi and just cannot figure out where she is!! You LOVE daycare and Ms. Jenny so stinkin much- you literally scream every morning when you see her!! You HATE being told "No-No Maddie" which happens about every 2 minutes. 

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What's Up Wednesday

 The last Wednesday of every month I link up with Mel at The Larson LingoShay at Mix and Match Family, and Sheaffer at Pinterest Told Me To. This is going to be a long one, because I haven't blogged in like two weeks! Strap in :) 

1. What we're eating this week...
Sunday: Pork Chops & Roasted Vegetables
Monday: Spinach/Cheese Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms
Tuesday: Roasted Chicken & Squash Casserole
Wednesday: Chicken Quesadillas
Thursday: Lasagna
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out for My Birthday!! 

2. What I'm reminiscing about...
Cooler weather!! A couple weeks ago the weather was glorious!!! We had our windows open, hoodies and fuzzy socks on! So, so nice!!

And we got to spend some great time with our girl down at 3rd Street Promenade. Now... AJ and I are literally fighting over who gets to sleep on the couch, because it is the closest spot to our ONE wall air condition unit! Haha!! 

 3. What I'm loving... 
All our hikes!! We have such a long list of all the hikes we want to do in LA. And luckily with a little one that wakes up at 5am, getting an early morning hike in is easy peasey!

I was taking a pano of the mountains and LA skyline and I didn't even realize I got AJ and Maddie Jane! How cool is this picture!? I want to print it out on a canvas. 

Maddie, Daddy, and the Hollywood sign.. She is totally going to take this picture to show and tell in first grade right??

She thought it was soooo funny that Daddy was making airplanes with her! Holy cow that guy is such a good Daddy.

Me and Pup taking in the views.. what you can't see is the Hollywood Bowl right behind us! It was such a cool hike that we stumbled upon and were literally the only people on the trail.

4. What we've been up to...
A little Ares HR family picnic! 

Some Mom/Dad coffee dates... with a Molly photo bomb!

Some eating out with Mickey.. 

Weekly church time up in the clouds at Bel Air Pres..

Some stroller rides in the evenings.. 

And a 9 month well visit 1 month late!

5. What I'm dreading... 
The rest of this football season!!! It's painful to watch my beloved Dawgs during a rebuilding year.. everyone is so young and new. But I must say, it is refreshing knowing that we are headed in the right direction! I am excited for the Kirby/Eason era! 

We aren't too sure about Daddy's team either!! Good thing she looks good in navy and red :) (And thanks to Miss Cassidy for all my new GT gear!)

6. What I'm working on...
Meal prep for Maddie Jane! She is eating SO much solid food these days.. And little girl LOVES to eat. I really think she could do away with the bottle except for at night.

I am especially focusing on making sure she is getting a variety of fruits/grains/veggies. Having fun making all her lunches at the beginning of the week! 

7. What I'm excited about...
Planning this sweet girl's first birthday!!! I CANNOT believe she is turning one in just two short months!! Where in the world has this first year gone!? I have pretty much everything planned, the invites ordered, and a game plan for the day. Good thing I have a trusty assistant I can delegate work to back in Georgia :) (Love ya Mom!!)

8. What I'm watching/reading...
All the good TV is back!!! I'm a sucker for an ABC drama. Of course I have my Thursday night line up of...

And Sunday nights with.. 

And this AMAZING new show on Wednesday night.. 

9. What I'm listening to...
Mickey Mouse Hot Dog song on repeat so I can see this girl shake it over and over!! 

10. What I'm wearing...
Y'all Ann Taylor Loft is my number one fave right now. I really can't bring myself to buy much that I can't wear to work and Loft has some SUPER cute stuff that is work appropriate and I can dress down on the weekends. 

Pro tip: Never buy anything full price at Loft! I promise it will get put on the sale rack or they will have a store wide sale two days from now. Be strong, wait for the sale. 

Also - Loft makes you feel goooood about yourself! Always size down, because their stuff runs big!

11. What I'm doing this weekend... 
It's my birthday weekend!! Pumped for a Saturday birthday to rest and relax with some of my favorite people! I am going to brunch with these girls Saturday morning in Venice at Rose. Then as a birthday present, Kelsey is keeping Maddie so we can go on a date! Not sure where we are going, but I am so looking forward to some alone time with Age! 

12. What I'm looking forward to next month... 
My birthday twin Bev is coming BACK to California and bringing Ben and we are all going to Napa to celebrate!! We have been planning this trip for a YEAR and I cannot wait!! Mom is coming out to keep Maddie and then the three of us are going to Phoenix the following weekend for Hayden's Bat Mitzvah. October is a good month y'all!!


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