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Month 11 (big girl toys, pickles, & summer heat)

Month 11 has been so fun! Hattie is turning into such a big girl as she nears her 1 year birthday!! I feel like she changes & grows in her sleep every single night!

We haven’t had a wellness exam since she was 9 months old, so I couldn’t even tell you how much she has ACTUALLY grown, but it’s a big deal. She’s so petite and has always been a little behind in the sizes of clothing compared to her age. Up until last month, she has been in 6 months tops & 3 month bottoms. I know…lol. However, now her head won’t go through the holes & her legs are too chunky. She’s still petite; wearing 6-9 month tops & 6 month bottoms. If I even attempted to put her in 9-12 month bottoms, they would slide right off.


She has also grown up in her interests for toys. She is just totally over all the baby toys & wants to play with big girl toys 🙂

At the end of the day at her Princess School, they consolidate rooms & she gets a chance to play with big kids & big kid toys; like wooden puzzles & dolls. So I started looking in town for some big girl toys when I came across this gem of a kitchen!! I had a play kitchen when I was a little girl & I played with that kitchen until I left the house. Ha ha. It makes all kinds of fun noises & she already knows how to place the skillet & lids on the stove. She’ll be a Top Chef for sure.


Another big toy I found was an activity cube. We used to have one of these to play with at the dentist’s office when I was young. My brother & I would play with this cube forever & so I figured that Hattie would have a fun time with it as well.

She’s so smart & has already mastered all sides of the cube 🙂


I found the most adorable World Market rocking elephant as well. Here’s a screenshot of her enjoying her plush rocker from a video that I took. She’s a total cheerser these days, so the grin is a little extreme. Ha ha ha


Hattie has taken a sudden interest in pickles…proving once again how close the apple fell from her father’s tree. I swear; I wasn’t even the typical pregnant person who craved pickles, so she certainly didn’t get any from me in the womb. However, my husband demolishes pickles like a (typical) pregnant woman. He offered her some one day & she practically inhaled the whole fat pickle!!

She will sit on his lap & suck on the pickle; gutting it from the skin until it’s just totally gone. It’s so hilarious.

*work of caution, however…too much acidity from pickles lead to acidic bowels – which ultimately leads to bottom rashes & burning, so don’t let them eat too much pickle!!


I don’t know how frequently you watch the temperatures in Idaho, but it’s been another scorcher this summer. Idaho is known for its bipolar weather changes. We’ve seen all 4 seasons in one day on several occasions. Recently, though, the summer has been hot & dry (102-107*F), so it’s essential that we stay cool by either staying indoors or playing outside in shade & water.

We bought Hattie a plastic kiddie pool for splashing around in. The dog took it over, so Hattie took over the dog’s water bowl…


Ha ha ha. I couldn’t believe it. She loves water & usually splashes her hand in the water; which is nasty, so I usually just giggle & redirect her attention to something more sanitary. However, the other night, she went from hand splashing to toe splashing to leg dipping & then full-body squatting. Thank goodness my husband was quick with the trigger on his camera to capture her naughty action. Ha ha. It was so hilarious, but immediately wiped off the slobbery & hairy water.

Since the weather has been great, we’ve been enjoying the outdoors more & more. Even since then, however, we’ve noticed how much Hattie avoids touching grass. We’ve mentioned how much she admires dirt but grass…not so much.

We will sit her in the grass & she will lift her leg(s) like “oh hell no…this is nasty”. I was finally able to get it on camera, though…


Ha ha….


‘Toe-touches’ to avoid the grass. Ha ha ha

Amidst the heat comes the nasty ass bugs….like worms. Ew. Bryce saw one in the lawn and gave it to Hattie. I stood there just shivering in disgust; praying to God she wouldn’t tear it in half while putting it. Ha ha. Ugh it makes me shiver remembering it…


I just want to mention that Hattie got her first freckle. I didn’t really realize that they came on slowly or sporadically, but I noticed it one day while she was napping in my lap. I looked down & saw one tiny freckle on her right wrist. So adorable!! I looked all over for any other freckles, but that’s the first & only freckle on her little body…definitely to remember 🙂


I thought it would be a precious idea to take Hattie to Barnes & Noble to get a new book….without a stroller. Not recommended. Proceed with caution.

We show up, we go right to the kid section & she just LIT UP! It was so adorable to see her to excited & so happy in the book store….


until it all went downhill.

She was pulling all of the books off the shelves, running away from me with books in tow & almost ripped out several pages. I would pry her away & she would start screaming. Not just like whining either – screaming! I was THAT parent in public with a manic child. I was mortified. Had I put the stroller back in the car that day, I could have contained her more & enjoyed this book store moment, but now it’s one for the book of horrible decisions.

We left without a book…


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Month 10 (first camping trip)

Memorial Weekend has arrived & the weather sucks! Ha ha. When we finally have the time off together & my husband is in town to enjoy a break from reality, it’s raining cats & dogs in the valley. Regardless of the poor conditions, we hit the road anyway for a family camping trip. We have a trailer this year and figured “even if we’re sitting in the trailer playing cards all weekend, it’s better than being stuck in town”.

We met some friends up at Warm Lake for some little relaxation. They have a son who is only about 6 weeks apart from Hattie in age, so it was perfect.

On the way up, there was rain, thunder, lightning, car accidents, hazard lights, and my feet on the dashboard – shaking in horror as my husband drives unaffected by the hydroplaning.

The trip isn’t too terribly long, but I planned for a baby in the car EXTRA particularly. Here was our backseat to-go bag:

-toys & felt books
-travel cooler with empty bottle, water bottle, and formula-mixed bottle
-puffs finger snacks in a no-spill cup
-pacifier & emergency pacifier
-change of clothes
-essentials (diapers, wipes)

Ha ha. We figured that sticking our dog in the backseat would keep Hattie company during the trip since she LOVES her Cabela dog.

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As soon as we got to our camp spot, we noticed the storm cloud veer around us & instantly blue skies!! Hooray; it’s going to be gorgeous just for us!! How lucky.

The first thing we did after setting up camp was get a family photo by the creek that ran by our site.




We really lucked out that the storms went around our site for the whole weekend. We really got to enjoy the most perfect weather!!

Hattie LOVED camp food…potatoes, eggs, sausage links, hot dogs, etc…all the good American stuff! But what she loved to put in her mouth the MOST was dirt. Ha ha. Every time I would look at her, she was examining something on the ground to thoroughly enjoy in her mouth. Needless to say she got incredibly messy…


Dad wanted to throw his fishing poles in the water, so we made a drive up to the lake & let the babies get nakey-butt to soak in some sunshine.



Watching her enjoy nature for the first time (aside from our backyard or the park) was so delightful. Just letting her get dirty, pick up mysterious pieces of grass or flowers or dirt was precious. My favorite was seeing her do this with her dad as this is his stomping ground. I just know that, as she grows, they’ll be bonding even more together in the mountains between hunting, shed searching, hiking, fishing, etc…


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Mention-able moments would have to include watching Hattie’s face light up sitting by the campfire for the first time & watching everyone stuff their faces with smores. She was a little jealous that we didn’t share the flaming ball of fluff with her (rightfully so), but she did get a couple small nibbles on a mallow.

It was difficult to get her to nap or sleep while we were in the trailer mainly because it is an unfamiliar setting, but we got it together by the last day. She was able to sleep independently in her pack-in-play so we didn’t break the crib-sleeping while away from home which is important.

We were able to get her out on our Can-Am UTV as well which was so fun. We didn’t have a way to buckle her in, so I wore her in a baby harness on my chest while I was buckled up. Of course we stayed on trail & didn’t exceed certain speeds for her safety. It was so cute, though. With all the serene surroundings, she fell asleep during our scenic ride. It was really nice for us to have that moment where we could sit on the top of the mountain & overlook everything. We rarely get a moment like that to ourselves with a curious & busy baby. Though she missed out on a beautiful view, it was nice to soak it in ourselves & should have captured it on camera (but my phone was shut off during that drive).

More camping trips to come for sure…


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Month 9 (mother’s day & saying mama)

Okay, so I realized that I’m posting Hattie updates a little backwards. When she was born, I was posting under “Month 1” as in “the months from 0-1” and it got a little confusing really fast. It’s like “turning 1 month”, but whatever…so I’m going to just stop that at this point and try to remember wtf I was doing when I started this.

So I would usually post this under “Month 10” using the other system I was doing, but for trying retain my memory, I will do it the right way (and probably on a slow day go back & change the titles to make more sense for my benefit!).

She is 9 months and 3 weeks right now…going to be 10 months at the end of this week.

This is important to note when I look back to see how old she was at certain milestones in her little life. I was attempting to do this earlier to work on the baby book (better late than never, right) and realized I was messing with myself by posting things backwards.

So here we go; this is HUGE news. My older brother, Brandon, got married this weekend. On Mother’s Day. My first ever mother’s day and I was away from my baby. Part of me was traumatized, but if I had to be gone for any reason, this was a good one!!

My sweet husband opted to fly home from his out-of-state work project to watch our little babe while I made the trek to the other side of the country (BOISE to BALTIMORE).

This was my first trip away from her & I cannot hide that I cried at the airport when I left her & my husband at the TSA station. What a la-la, I know. But I just love them so much and goodbyes are always hard; even when they’re only for 2 days.

I tried to keep in touch as much as I could without coming off overbearing and worrisome. At the end of the day, I was heading to dinner with my mother, my aunt, & my uncle. I called my husband to check in and let him know our evening plans and asked how Hattie was doing. He said, “I tried to get her to say mama earlier and she was like ‘who?'”. Ha ha I know right..what a punk! It was funny only because I’ve been trying to get her to say mama forever and it always just comes out “dad”. I’ve accepted it. I will forever be known as “dad’s wife” and never “mama”. Ha.

When I got back to my dad’s house where he was graciously housing me for the duration of my stay, I get a text message from my husband; a video message. I was so tickled. I love to see their faces. I hit play and let my dad watch with me; it could only be harmless, right?!

We sat there watching together as my daughter opens her mouth and says “ma-ma” “ma-ma-ma-ma”. I started crying. On Mother’s Day; my first Mother’s Day, away from my baby, she says mama for the first time. My tears were so big with happiness that they fell on the dog under my feet and woke her up. Ha ha. Okay, so maybe my squealing woke the dog, but I like to think it was my swollen tears. Ha.


In my absence at home, my husband has been teaching Hattie how to stick her tongue out, so when I watched my mama video, she had her tongue out half the time. Like “ma-ma *tongue* ma-ma-ma *tongue*”. Ha ha. It was really cute.

Also in my absence, Hattie got to go to the zoo with her daddy. I was so jealous that they got to do this together without me, but at least he shared some adorable pictures. She loved the goats because they came right up to the gate for her to touch their little heads. Dad totally spaced the penguin exhibit however, so I guess we HAVE to go back 🙂




I’m sitting in the airport right now writing this post because I have quite the large delay before my next flight. Instead of actually enjoying the little shops & eateries at the Chicago airport, I booked it to find my next gate knowing good & well I would probably get turned around. It ended up being massively easy and over-rated. Ha. So here I sit with my much-coveted Starbucks coffee (generic coffee shops thus far have failed me miserably) and choose to just park my butt & wait for my lost flight to land & load.

Such a special & blessed first Mother’s Day for me with celebrating my brother’s wedding, welcoming a new sister into my family, getting to see far-away loved ones, and hearing my baby say ‘mama’ for the first time. It was totally worth the wait! Xoxo

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Hattie: Month 8 (talking, Skyping, and Spring)

Happy Spring everyone!! Hurray! I love Fall and I love Spring! Unfortunately theyre the too shortest seasons ever…which is dumb. Whatever. 

Not much has been going on outside of the usual on the Bozeman homestead. My honey bunny has been working out of town tons which leaves the babe and I to do girlish things all by our lonesome…like bake things, watch chick shows, cry & complain about being alone, and not wearing bras.

It’s been a journey. 

Speaking of “cry & complain”, it’s usually cry & complain about the lovely husband/dad figure that’s absent. We miss him so much when he’s away. So much so this time around that every single thing has become “dad“. Hattie hasn’t said “daddy” too much since her first go at it, but the talking has surfaced full swing & everything is “dad”. The couch is dad, the dog is dad, her baba is dad…hell…I’m dad. So not right. 

It’s pretty damn cute, though. She usually plays camera shy when I whip out my phone, but I was able to film her twice going on her daddy rant & would post it if I wasn’t too cheap for the free WordPress version of my blog. Ha….in personal archives it will remain. 


With family being scattered across the country, the best way to stay in touch is Skyping when we all have the time. Hattie still can’t wrap her head around it however and usually sits, puzzled by the interacting ‘video’ on my phone during these times.

Well, one particular time, my mom got my brothers dog in the screen and Hattie’s reaction was nothing short of priceless…


Her face!!! Bahaha. She looks a little creepy according to my husband, but it makes me giggly heartily. 

She’ll pick up on it soon I’m sure. 


This child cannot just sleep still. Always a funky position…thought I’d share a few nappy nap pictures…

Butt-up at Princess School:


Face-down with her chicken, Chewy:


And sideways on mama:


Like seriously …    These are just a few!


Happy Easter! Hattie’s first easter this year. Didn’t make it out to hunt for eggs as we would literally have to put the ‘hidden eggs’ directly in front of her. Ha. 

But she did get pretty for the easter rabbit:


When she wasn’t stunned by the photographers rattle or playing with the rabbits fur, we were able to get a few good images. Love it.

Even got cutesy for visiting with family at GG’s house:


(Yeah….someone can reach the movies now. Heaven help us all). 



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Hattie: Month 7 (milestones!! first two teeth & crawling!)

Holy cow! When people tell you that it goes by so fast, they’re not kidding. 

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything. My dear husband had been working out of town for several weeks and I’ve been reading in blogging time for work, school, motherhood, and some sleeping. I’ll try to do better! Ha. 

Okay, so I know this is a “7 month” post, but on the exact day that hattie turned 6 months old (January 17, 2015), she got her first tooth!! It broke through when she was with grandma and I felt it the next morning when we were at Cracker Barrel for breakfast. I went to put some grits in her mouth and “ouch!!” She bit down and it was like puppy teeth (aka razor blade)

We were so excited. 

Only days layer, the second one came through….

Cute little teeth! 

I love this picture of her playing independently in the living room:

She used to have to be held all the time and would just cry when I put her down to clean or make a new bottle or dinner. Just recently, she has been becoming a little more independent and it has been great for both of us! 


To get her excited, I usually get really happy and go “Hattie!!!!” With my mouth wide open. It makes her smile and jump. However, monkey see monkey do…she started making me jaw dropping face all the times….

Ha ha. What a silly girl!!

It was the late hours of February 13th when Hattie Mae took her first crawl! My mom was staying with us and sadly bryce was working out of town 😦 

We were in awe that she finally put into motion what she had been trying to do for a long time! 

I can’t upload a video on my free blog, but it was a big moment!!


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Hattie: Month 4 (toes, babbling, & daddy-daughter day)

Sorry I’ve been absent for so long. It’s been crazy with working, school, housework, loving on my family, and the holidays!!

Speaking of holidays, check out Hattie cake in her turkey bib (much thanks to Aunt Mary):


She won’t remember it I’m sure, but she was all about mashed potatoes. Ive been thinking that she’s ready for foods, but she still spits it out, so we will try next month. I know she hates the spoon especially because she will eat food mush off my finger, but not from the spoon….silly.


Hattie has woken up all of a sudden & fallen in love with her feet!!


It’s the funniest thing. She grabs her toes and talks to them and takes her socks off. It’s so cute. All of a sudden, she’s like “OMG these things are the coolest things I’ve ever seen!!”

Another awesome, new adventure is her trying to talk. Of course not talking in English….but babbling. So adorbs!! I can’t post video on my blog, but I have one of her talking away. It’s an open-mouthed, spitting, bubbly, theatrical performance and it makes me so proud. Baby steps to saying momma & daddy.


We have made the transition from bathtime with momma to bathtime in our bath chair…


Such a Dollie! She loves the water, but is still not certain about the cleaning process…she would rather just sit & kick.


I had to work the day after Thanksgiving, so Hattie had a daddy-daughter day. There was a minor meltdown that led to Bryce texting me his minor freak-out, but then they enjoyed a day of discovering feet & laughing.

Here’s how that day ended:


So cute!! Love those two!!


Well I should tell you how her 4 Month Wellness Check went…

She weighs 11lbs 10oz
23in in length (petite babe)
Holds up own head (still)
Conquering tummy-time
Eating 6-8oz per feeding

❤ her forever!!



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Hattie: Month 3 (giggles & grabbing)

I am always so proud of Hattie’s accomplishments…no matter how little or silly they might be. Everything that she learns makes me a proud momma!

I was sitting on the couch with Hattie sitting on my lap looking at me. All of a sudden, her bubblegum (pacifier) falls out of her mouth. She stares at it for a second, then reaches down, grabs it, and tries to put it back in her mouth. Eeeeeeek!! I was praising her like crazy! Such a proud moment!!

Since then, I’ve been so aware of how much her motor skills are matching her awareness. She will see something and teach for it. She will grab onto her stuffies or her toys, etc…at only 3 months!!

Big girl!


She evens attempts to hold her own bottle sometimes…like a diva of course!


Even though I’m still waiting for a full blown laugh, Hattie has become the cutest little giggle monster!!

She gets bored quickly with the ways in which she is amused, but I love seeing the smiles and giggles.




Look at her all decked out for Halloween 2014:



Cute little lion!! Haha. She kept eating the fuzz and got all sweaty, so it didn’t last very long, but it sure was cute!!!

This photo went vital the moment I sent it to my mom. She was showing everyone her little lion baby. I don’t blame her though…just so cute!!


Hattie’s personality keeps growing and she’s developing little characteristics that make her unique.

Look at her adorbs expressions during school picture day:





I’ll have to get back to you on growth once she has her 4 months wellness check 😉

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