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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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Week 31 (first Mother’s Day & a baby shower)

Happy Mothers Day y’all!!!

I have to admit that, brewing my own little baby has given me a whole new appreciation for mommas. Waking up on Mother’s Day, I had mixed emotions about whether or not I could technically throw myself into that club or not. I feel like it’s celebrating being a high school graduate with 2 months left to go. Ha. However, the other side of me felt as though I was the epitome of Mother’s Day since I’m actually making a live human being as we speak. So i don’t know…regardless, it was a great day to reflect on mommy hood..:from my own experiences now on addition to some serious shout-outa to the moms in my life.

My mom went through so much hell when she was pregnant with me. I literally almost killed her. 5 months pregnant and 82lbs, the doctors told her she needed to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy and live or continue her pregnancy and die. My parents called family and prayed very hard for a very long time. I’m so blessed that my mother chose to give my life an opportunity & that God allowed is both to be here…knowing that we were going to be such great friends!

I love my sweet mommy!! She always has a warm welcome to her presence and has literally been my best friends as I have matured into a much less pain-in-the-ass daughter.



Speaking of my mommy, she threw me the sweetest baby shower!! Some people say it was too early, but I wanted to have some time to buy any in purchased necessities instead of only having a few weeks. You know?

We really made out like bandits for the most part. We were surrounded by loving family & friends and tons of baby gear!

My husband actually stuck around. I made sure he was paying attention by listening for the mandatory “Awwww”s and “thats so cute”s. Lol.

We were a little worried about space by having it in our house, but it worked out really well. My mom literally did everything! She purchased the decorations, mailed out the invitations (that she put together), brought the donut cake and other foods, got to my home early to set up, and even snuck in some everclear in her lemonade while at it. Ha.



Blessed! Simply blessed!

So, after the baby shower, we still needed some things and went out to get them over the weekend. We have almost everything now. We just need to stain the crib/changing table & get it in there so we can out everything where it belongs and then we are all ready for miss Hattie Mae!

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