Monday, March 13, 2017

The world is your playground! (+ a quick 21month update)

 The weather in Cincinnati has been crazy so far this year.
It's only March and we've already been to the zoo twice (we didn't even wear heavy coats when we went in January!) and had dozens of trips to the local parks so Leah can play on the playground.
There's a new park in our neighborhood that is super amazing, but soooooooo crowded. The place is swarming with kids, parents, dogs, flying balls in the air, etc!! It's definitely good for entertainment, but watching your sweet daughter wait in line to go down the slide (and watch the bigger kids skip her in line!!!!!) sure does take the fun out of going to the park.
So a few weeks ago, we ventured out to an "old park playground" to play.  This poor little playground gets no love anymore since the new one was built. But Leah loved that she didn't have to wait in line for the slide...and went down it as many times as she wanted with no one in her way.
 And this mommy liked it because I could bring my camera and take pictures of my sweet girl playing, with no photo bombers! :)
 I even went down the slide a few times myself....and there was absolutely no one to judge (or laugh) at me. I only had one spectator...and she was full of encouragement. :)

And a few things I wanted to remember since Leah just turned 21 months"
1. Yesterday, I taught Leah how to say "I miss you!" She will say, "I miss you, Mommy.", "I miss you, Daddy".  It is the absolute sweetest thing I've ever heard.
2. Yesterday, CV was wearing a shirt that said "BOSS" on it. (Hugo Boss). Leah pointed at the shirt and said "Baaaaa...Baaaaa....(like she was sounding it out).....Boooossss".  CV and I both looked at each other and were like "CAN SHE READ????" Hahaha.  We are still a little shocked.
3. Leah likes to shorten phrases.  We play Peek-a-boo, but Leah will jump around the corner and shout "A-BOO".  She also used to say "Fishies" but now she just says the "sheees" part.
4. I think she has all her teeth, except her incisors (the sharp ones).
5. She is still in size 3 diapers but I'm going to upgrade her to size 4 as soon as we run out of size3.
6. She LOVES to go "Outside" and will demand her coat and want to put it on to go outside.
7. She is NOT good at riding in shopping carts. She wants to run free the whole time, which makes my shopping trips to Target a lot harder than before.

We just love our sweet little girl! Happy 21month birthday! :)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Meet Cheddar & Biscuit!

Our family grew by two in the last week....
when CV came home from work with new friends for Leah.
She absolutely loves her little "fishys" and so far, she's been wanting to feed them and check on them throughout the day.  She's at the age where "no" is a popular answer for almost every question I ask.  Want to take a bath? -no.  Want to change your diaper? -no. Want to put on your PJs? -no. 
But now, all I have to say is "want to go see your fishys?" and she will say yes and run to her room.  (Meaning: I can trick her into changing a diaper and into her PJs while we look at her fish!)
After much debate, CV and I finally settled on names for our little fish.  When Leah is old enough to rename them, she can ofcourse, but for now...
...Meet Cheddar and Biscuit.
This one is Cheddar. (Biscuit is shy and never comes out behind the grass!)
She sure does love her fish and does the best fish face too! haha.
So, that's what's going on over here.
Nothing to report but some little "fishys". :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Things I love...

Since it's Valentine's Day, I thought I would list a few things I'm loving lately...

+ my sweet family
+ that Paisley (our dog) turns 15 years old today
+ Leah turning 20 months old yesterday
+ new basement floors
+ selling our old washer and getting it out of our basement
+ my bestie, Alison, due with baby #2 any day now
+ Leah's beautiful eyelashes
+ my hubby's amazing cooking skills
+ my 2 miles commute to work
+ new coworkers to eat lunch with
+ my new Jujube diaper backpack
+ CV bringing me Cool Ranch Doritos yesterday (even though I'm trying to eat better!)
+ spending the evening soaking in our hot tub
+ black and white pictures
(This picture is one of my all-time favorites!)

What are you loving today???

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January Highlights

 January Highlights:

+ We started the year in Memphis visiting my family.
+ CV bought me pretty flowers.
+ Had so much fun at the Cincinnati Zoo on an unusually warm Saturday.
+ Went to our friends house for dinner and watched our kids play together.
+ Leah went down the park slide 100x in one day.
+ Leah tried Skyline for the first time. She was skeptical at first but finally enjoyed dipping her crackers in the chili.
+ I celebrated my pregnant friend, Alison, with a baby shower.
+ Leah got upgraded to Toddler 1 class at daycare and transitioned from a crib to a cot.
+ Leah bathed in Crayola Bath Colors.
+ I finally got my hair cut and colored.
+ I had the most relaxing 80min massage at Woodhouse Day Spa.
+ We played at the Cincinnati Children's Museum.
+ I turned 34 years old! (and Leah turned 19 months!) :)
+ CV bought me amazing birthday flowers and prepared my meal of choice. (Salmon and Brussel Sprouts!)
What were your highlights this month?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Five Questions for Mommas!!

I decided to focus my "Friday Five" post about Five Questions I have for fellow mommas out there. Please share your wisdom with me!!!

1. When did you start potty training??? Leah actually tells me every time she goes "peepee" and "poopoo" and tugs at her diaper. Just by her knowing what is going on, I feel like she's getting close to being able to be potty trained. What do you think? She is almost 19months old....any suggestions on where to begin or did you do anything that worked???

2. When did you stop using sippy cups??? Leah actually drinks milk out of a "learner cup" and I'm wondering I should move her to more of a "big girl" cup. I've given her other cups but she loves to purposely spill things so I'm still stuck on this learner cup because it doesn't spill/leak.  I would love to try more straw cups, but they seem to all leak when you turn them upside down, and Leah loves doing that! Any suggestions???

3.  When did you give your child a pillow to sleep with?? I folded a blanket and tucked it under her fitted sheet to act as a "practice pillow". She uses it sometimes, but she still moves around a lot in bed. What age did you give your kiddo a pillow...and when did you move them out of the crib, or take a side of the crib down?

4. Why is it so hard to brush Leah's teeth? All she wants to do is suck the water off the toothbrush and does not actually brush her teeth.  I researched dentists and a lot of them won't see her until she is two.  Any suggestions on how I can brush her teeth??? I'd hate to go to her first dentist appointment and get any bad news.
5. Is there anything else I should be thinking of for a 19month old??? Haha, such a general question, but it's hard to remember everything I should be doing at this point. So much going on with her fast development!!

THANKS so much to all my mommas out there who are reading this! I really appreciate any responses of your experiences!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Lately....and Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year, everyone!
I've been off the grid for a few weeks so now I feel like I need a "Lately..." blog posting to catch everyone up with my life.
This blog post is great for all those (like me) who love lists.

My Life Lately:
+ I bought a brand new car and said goodbye to my old car of 9 years. It feels so good to buy a new car, but am I the only person who does NOT like the "new car smell"???
+ We celebrated the holidays!! I never blogged about NYE, Christmas, or even Thanksgiving. I'm a horrible blogger, ya'll. Haha. So here is the holidays in a nutshell:
+ Thanksgiving was spent with our "second family" in Cincinnati and it was lovely. It was fun seeing Leah eat her first real Thanksgiving dinner (last year she just drank milk!) And Leah loved petting their sweet family dog.
+ I partied hard one night! My besties were in town during Christmas and stayed the night on the 23rd. We went to Anchor in OTR for drinks, followed by dinner at Zula. Then we went downtown for bar hopping (literally stopped by every bar for a drink and a shot) and didn't get home until after 2:30am! This momma was TIRED! haha.

+ Christmas Eve was spent with CV's extended family and it was a lot of fun bc there are a lot of kids all around Leah's age. We had a BBQ dinner and had a fun white elephant gift exchange.
+ Christmas Day was spent with my two loves, opening presents and having lots of delish food and fun play time. CV bought me two necklaces that I wanted, and I bought him a MVMT watch.
Leah got everything from clothes and shoes, to arts and crafts, to a basketball hoop and fun toys.
+ I also bought CV a squatty potty and he says its the best present he's ever received. hahaha. Does anyone else have one???
+ I was off work the last week of the year, so Leah and I spent a lot of fun time together, then we traveled to Memphis to spend time with my family and celebrate a delayed Christmas.
+ We had a late Christmas dinner at my moms house with family.
+ And we Rang in the New Year in Memphis with my BFF, and Leah stayed the night over my moms house, (only the 2nd night away from mommy since she's been born!)
+ We also celebrated CV's birthday in Memphis by dining at Rendevous for BBQ, visiting the Memphis Pyramid (Bass Pro Shop) and going to the very top, and watching the Ohio State game
Welp, that seems to be all I can think of for now, so there you have are now ALL CAUGHT UP with Jax. 
Now, I can focus more on the New Year and good things to come for 2017! :)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

18 Months with Leah

The month's are flying by...
This little nugget is already ONE AND A HALF YEARS OLD! (As of 12/13/16 oops I'm late!) Every month that goes by, it's my new favorite age, I just adore this age where she is becoming independent, can somewhat vocalize what she wants and still wants to (sometimes) snuggle with her mama. She's the perfect little 1.5 year old!
Height/Weight: Our official weigh in was this week at 21.2 pounds. (fully clothed) which makes her in the 30 percentile.  She was 81cm long, in the 50 percentile. And I forget the measurement but her head was in the 30 percentile.
Diapers: Still in Pampers Baby Dry Size 3.
Clothing: She's mostly in 18month clothing. Carter's and BabyGap are my two favorites.
And sometimes we even dress like twins! :)

Teeth: She currently has 4 top front teeth and two molars (one on each side) and 3 bottom teeth...and the fourth bottom one just poked through.  Sweet girl is in a lot of tooth pain.
Words she can say:  She can say soooo many words now, this is probably not even a complete list: 
Da-da, Ma-Ma, Doggie (kinda sounds like "dada" but she says it a little different), Shoes (sounds like "doos"), Bubbles, Uh-oh, Baby, Bebe (Grandma V), Toodles, Hi, Woah, Up, Ball, Apple, Car, Eyes, No-No, Book, Cracker, Purple, Bye-Bye, Night-Night, More, Mine. Thank You.
We also just started repeating us a lot recently so a lot more words to come! 
Words she can Sign:  Milk, Eat, More, All Done

Some fun/interesting things she does: 
+ Raise her hands if you ask "how big is Leah?"
+ Give high fives
+ Point out a head, nose, ears, cheek, mouth, eyes, feet, tummy and belly button.
+ If you hand her a tissue, you can get her to wipe her feet or clean her nose with it.
+ Blow her nose.
+ Get me a plate out when I'm making her dinner
+ Help me put her plates up when I am unloading the dishwasher.
+ Open the pantry and get out the dog treats.
+Fill the dog bowl up with dog food with a shovel
Nicknames: We still call her "bug". Either Leah-bug or Baby-bug or Bug-Bug. 
Likes: feeding the dog, eating off a fork, new shoes, playing with her belly button, throwing balls, opening and closing doors, taking stuff out and then putting them back, helping mama and dada with errands, running around the bookstore, eating crackers or chips
Dislikes: not wearing shoes, when you tell her "no more" after she's already given the dog 10 treats, lots of food (she's becoming a picky eater!), taking snapchat selfies with mommy! hahaha.

Want to catch up on Leah's milestones...visit here:
One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine | Ten | Eleven| One Year | Fifteen

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Our Family Photo Session

We took our fall family photos in October this year, but I've been hoarding them until after our Christmas card went out, as I always like my friends and family to receive their card and it being the first time they've seen the picture.
So now that everyone's received their cards, I can now share all my favorite family photos.
For my Cincinnatians, we met at Glenwood Gardens which is one of my favorite parks for photography. I just love all the beauty of this park.
The one thing I didn't love about our pictures was the outfits that I chose..gosh, picking outfits is SO HARD! Ohwell, there is always next year to get this outfit thing right!
Love this little family of mine!