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Wearing her new shades...

My sister is the perfect person to take to the mall. She will make sure you don’t buy something that looks stupid. She will speak up if you’re overcharged in the food court. She will run back into Spencer’s to find the toy your toddler threw on the scummy floor. She will veer and dodge through heavy traffic so you can get your $0.51 cone at McDonalds on the way home. She is smart and funny. Her heart is huge. She was my maid of honor – and she rocked it. I love my sister…

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I Am The Mother Of A Toddler

Grandma's are the best at tickling!

One night we tucked in a baby, and then the next morning we woke up with a kid. At least that’s what it felt like. When I picked him up out of his high chair after dinner tonight and propped him on my hip, I realized I was holding a child, not a baby. His weight was enough to make me lean to the other side to compensate. And when I look at this picture I see a little boy. Look at those long legs and arms! This was taken the day of his one year check up. He weighed in at 21 lbs and 5 oz. He is 30 inches tall! On the charts he’s average height and lean, not that it matters.

I say this every month, but this is my favorite age yet.


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Riding in Style

As you can see, the little dude loves riding in the car. It’s like a roller coaster ride for him when he can see everything. That kid never liked riding in the car until we moved him into his “big boy” seat. Now that he can see all the action, he’s all about cruising. Do your kids like to ride in the car or do they pitch a fit as soon as the seat belt clicks?

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It’s Here!

Today I got my replacement for the Infantino Sling Rider that was recently recalled. I had bought the carrier when Micah was a newborn and I only used it a few times since it always seemed like he would cry when he was in it. It was also a pain to adjust. It always seemed like it held him in a really weird position. If I wore it high up so that he was almost upright, it was a little better, but I had to hold it there, defeating the purpose of wearing a sling. I usually put Micah in my homemade Moby wrap. He loved riding around in that wrap, and it was easy to wear him in a variety of positions as he grew. The only drawback was the time it took to put on the wrap, put him in, take him out and get the wrap off without ending up in a knot.

Anyway, Infantino was offering a few different options for a replacement product. I chose to get a shopping cart/restaurant high chair cover and a toy.

How cute is this pattern?

Right after I took this photo, Micah walked up, grabbed the toy and started playing with it. I think he approves of my choice!

I’m pretty impressed. Not only did Infantino own up, but they delivered a replacement very quickly. It only took a few weeks, and considering the popularity of their sling rider, I’m sure they were getting tons of orders for replacements when the recall came out.

Has anyone else taken Infantino up on their offer to replace the recalled Sling Rider? What did you choose for your replacement?

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Little Bedtime Conversations

I think Micah has begun to pick up on the little things I do, and one of them is the quiet way I talk to him at bedtime. Now that he sleeps in his big boy bed (a twin mattress on the floor), we snuggle side by side while gazing at the plastic constellations on his ceiling until he drifts to sleep. He’ll reach over and touch my face very gently with his tiny fingers and speak very softly in his baby language, as though he’s telling me stories about his day. He’ll sigh, roll back and forth a few times, plop his head down a few different ways (sometimes on my head), grab my face some more, play with my fingers, chatter some more…. this goes on for about twenty minutes and finally he’ll fall silent, fast asleep. I wish I had a little recorder to capture his tiny high pitched voice. “Da da da da, go! na na na guh guh! dee dee tee tee…”


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Today I cheered and clapped while my little man used his own spoon to eat applesauce all by himself for the very first time. Who knew utensils could be so exciting!




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The Big Party

The morning of Micah’s big party, I told Eric, “This is right up there with our wedding.” That was, of course, code for, “make sure nothing bad happens, otherwise I might just cry.” I had no reason to worry, however. The day turned out to be a huge success. I had a blast. Very few tears were shed. Tantrums were avoided. I was amazed at how well Micah handled all of the excitement. More than anything, I felt so blessed to have so many friends and family members there to celebrate my FIRST child’s FIRST birthday.

One thing I definitely do not regret is keeping things simple. Initially, I had a lot of plans for things like favors and elaborate decorations, but I decided to skip those things to save both time and myself from extra stress. In the end I realized they likely would have gone unnoticed anyway.

It was a lot of fun watching him open gifts. At Christmas, he really didn’t know what was going on, but this weekend he really caught on to the whole concept of these colorful boxes being full of toys just for HIM.

I made Micah this shirt using nothing more than my ink jet printer, iron-on transfer paper and a basic white toddler t-shirt (they come in a pack of five). The party theme started out as “Puppy,” but as I changed plans, I realized the only puppy item left was this shirt. Eh, that’s okay. 🙂 I love the shirt anyway!

My neighbor and friend Lindsay made this cute cake for Micah. He was very suspicious of the cake and hardly ate any of it. He doesn’t seem to be that crazy about sweets in general. He prefers chicken and veggies or spaghetti. That’s fine with me!

Rest of the photos are on Facebook for those of you who know me. Enjoy!

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