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12 Months with Hayley

The past few months have been a transition from “baby” to “toddler.” It has been bittersweet, sad, exciting, joyful, and nerve-wracking all at the same time. It’s amazing to see Hayley grow and learn new things every day, but it has gone so fast and I want to cherish every moment. Our little girl is no longer the sweet baby who just sits in one spot and smiles and coos, but she is now a weebly wobbly walker, laughing and chit-chatting as she wanders all over the house.

Hayley’s 1st Birthday was April 20, 2013 and we celebrated with a Polka Dot Party at our home with family and friends. She loved the attention, opened wonderful presents, and picked daintily at her special birthday cupcake. She is so loved and such a happy baby, I mean toddler. What an amazing year it’s been – the moment she was born, bringing that fragile little newborn home for the first time, her first smile and giggle, sleepless nights, stressful and blissful feedings, rolling over, crawling, cruising, babbling, talking, saying mama, waving hi and bye, finally sleeping through the night, and taking her first steps – I wouldn’t miss a moment of it. No matter the stress or frustration at learning this thing called parenting, one smile or laugh from her makes the world stop.

At one year old, Hayley is 28″ and 18 1/2 lbs. She had 4 teeth by her 1st birthday and had taken a couple of steps on her own. She loves to cruise the furniture and chase the dog. Her favorite food is pancakes, and she loves to eat anything you put in front of her. Bath time is a blast with rubber ducky!

We reached our goal of breastfeeding for one year! It was hard at first, but I knew we’d make it. It’s a very special time between me and Hayley and I can always count on nursing to calm her down if she’s upset. By now, she has pretty much weaned herself. We are down to one nursing a day for bedtime, and she drinks milk from a sippy cup the rest of the day. As much as I have loved breastfeeding (and the awesome baby weight loss!), I am very glad to be done with pumping!

Here are some pictures of Hayley from 10 to 12 months:

10 Months

10 Months

11 Months

11 Months

12 Months

12 Months

1st Birthday - A new car! And Hobbes!

1st Birthday – A new car! And Hobbes!

1st Birthday Smash Cupcake

1st Birthday Smash Cupcake

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day

Baby's First Trip to Apple Store!

Baby’s First Trip to Apple Store!

Pancakes!

Pancakes!

Playing the Piano at Her Nanny's House

Playing the Piano at Her Nanny’s House

Shopping

Shopping

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Jamming to Sweet Tunes

Jamming to Sweet Tunes

Rubber Ducky

Rubber Ducky

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9 Months with Hayley

Our baby girl is growing up. Once she started moving, she started becoming less and less our “itty bitty” and more and more our “big girl.” She can crawl all around the house now. She pulls herself up and stands by the furniture. She’s even started walking along the couch and is becoming more balanced on her own two feet. She is so interested in exploring everything, and we are sure she will be standing on her own and walking in no time.

The past few months have been a blast, including her first Thanksgiving and first Christmas. She decided to show off at Thanksgiving and crawled for the first time in front of my entire family. She was very determined to get to that Black Friday ad. 🙂 Christmas was filled with lots of presents from grandparents, too many to fit in the car. She loved the lights on the Christmas tree. We’re very grateful for everyone who thought of our baby girl during the holidays.

Hayley seems to like trying new foods. Since she got her first tooth, she’s enjoyed “chewing” some solid foods. She loves pancakes for breakfast! She eats lots of vegetables, but since she learned how to pick up her food and feed herself, she loves eating puffs and whatever she can shove in her mouth all by herself.

We had our first time apart in December when I went to New York City with my mom and sister for 5 days. Our fantastic babysitter/nanny watched her overnight while Chad was at work, and although I dreaded the thought of leaving her, she did great and only woke once each night. And I had a great time in New York!

I’m also happy to report that Hayley is sleeping through the night in her crib! I’d been co-sleeping with her since she was 4 months old, but we made the transition to the crib, and she has done great! Mom and baby are both getting lots of sleep now. And Chad is happier because he doesn’t have to deal with two grumpy girls haha.

Here are some pictures of Hayley from 6 to 9 months:

7 Months

7 Months

8 Months

8 Months

9 Months

9 Months

Chad and Hayley

Chad and Hayley

Sweet Potatoes!

Sweet Potatoes!

Crawling!

Crawling!

FaceTime while I went to New York for a few days

FaceTime while I went to New York for a few days

Co-sleeping snuggles

Co-sleeping snuggles

First Christmas

First Christmas

First Christmas

First Christmas

First Snow

First Snow

Standing

Standing

Best Friends!

Best Friends!

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6 Months with Hayley

So much has changed in Hayley’s life in the past 3 months! She’s now 6 months old and showing more personality each day. She’s rolling, rolling, rolling, babbling, yelling, and bouncing. She loves to bang her toys and make noise. Sometimes she yells at the top of her lungs just to hear her own voice. She’s on the verge of crawling, but so far she’s getting up on her hands and knees and rocking back and forth. Any day now, we will have a mobile child.

This has been such a fun age with her. She literally learns something new every week, and you can see how she is becoming more and more interested in the world around her. She loves to bounce in her jumperoo, she loves to roll around in circles and play with all her toys, and she loves to reach for things. She’s even figured out how to pick up her binky and put it in her mouth by herself. Sometimes she sucks her thumb and it’s adorable, but she doesn’t seem too attached to it yet.

Playtime is so much fun with her, but man she’s wearing me out at night. She went from sleeping through the night at 4 months to waking up 2-3 times a night at 5 months and it’s still going on. She has this psychic ability to know the minute I decide to close my eyes and go to sleep. It’s eerie, actually. But I am grateful that she goes right back to sleep after feeding.

Speaking of feeding, she had her first taste of solid food on her half birthday! She had some bananas and loved it! She’s also had avocado and rice cereal and likes those most of the time, too. She LOVES sweet potatoes! I’m really excited and proud to say that Hayley was exclusively breastfed for 6 months. No formula, no water, no juice, no solid foods until her 6-month birthday. I’ve become a huge advocate for breastfeeding in these past few months and I hope that my story is one of encouragement for many moms out there who are trying to stick with breastfeeding. It can be done and it is so worth it!

Here are some pictures of Hayley from 3 to 6 months:

4 Months

5 Months

6 Months

 

Learning how to hold her toys

Gettin some sun in her Hello Kitty cloth diaper

All dolled up

Loves her daddy

Fun with momma

Jumperoo bouncy girl

Sitting like a big girl

Eating solid food for the first time

Halloween costume – Giraffe

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3 Months with Hayley

My baby girl Hayley is 3 months old. She is growing up so fast already! Each day flies by and it seems like she learns something new every day. And we learn something new about parenting each day. We learn little tricks, like trying out 4 different pacifiers to finally find one she likes. We learned that she likes her bottles at just the right warm temperature. We learned that she likes to go outside and watch the tree branches sway in the wind. It’s amazing that as she is learning, she’s also teaching us.

Every little moment of motherhood is both rewarding and challenging at the same time. There’s days when I just want to catch up on sleep, but she wants to play all day. There’s nights when she’ll only sleep when she’s snuggled up next to me. There’s times when she’s screaming her head off in the car at each stoplight. But then there’s mornings when she wakes up and smiles when she sees me and Chad’s faces. There’s times when she does something new, like giggling in the bathtub. And there’s days when she constantly reminds me of how amazing this time is in both of our lives.

Now, she’s getting close to rolling over on her own, she let out her first real giggles, she sleeps mostly through the night (only wakes up once), she smiles throughout the day, she talks more and more each day, she’s starting to reach for her toys and hold them, and she’s squirming around, moving those arms and legs all over the place!

Pictures from Hayley’s first 3 months:

1 Month

2 Months

3 Months

Bath time!

Cousins

Great Grandparents

My Dad’s Tattoos Are Better Than Your Dad’s

Mornings with Dad

Rolling Over

Tummy Time

Babywearing in the Mei Tai

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Welcome to the World Hayley!

Hayley

Hayley Addison was born April 20, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. She was 6 lbs. 12 oz. and 19 1/2 in. long.

Chad and I are just so in love with this beautiful little baby girl. We’ve been truly blessed. Parenthood has been challenging at times as we try to figure out what our little one wants, but more than anything, parenthood has been the most rewarding experience. Every day, we see this little baby learn new things, see things for the first time, feel new textures, hear new sounds, and grow, grow, grow! Just like her daddy, this girl never misses a meal!

Hayley’s Birth Story

39 Weeks PregnantMy pregnancy reached 39 weeks on Thursday, April 19 and we had one more week until the due date. Before bed, we took my 39-week bump pictures, knowing they may be the last ones. Ironically, I had jokingly told a co-worker and my doctor earlier that day that I was hoping to go into labor that night. Just four hours after taking those last bump pics, I woke up with an uncomfortable feeling, rolled over and shook it off. It happened a few more times before I realized they were probably contractions. Luckily, it was Chad’s night off work so I went downstairs and just as I got down there I felt a little trickle. I went to the bathroom and sure enough, my water had broken!

So at 3 in the morning, we packed up the car and headed for the hospital. It was a few hours before I started feeling painful contractions, but by 9 a.m. I was at 5cm and ready for the epidural. Just an hour later, I was 7cm dilated and around noon I was fully dilated. My wonderful nurse let me labor down until I was ready to push. 37 minutes of pushing and Hayley made her grand entrance into the world!

Our FamilyThe moment she was born, they put her immediately on my chest and I’ve never felt so much love in one moment. Chad was there by my side the whole time, supporting me through labor and delivery, and saying hello to our baby girl together for the first time.

Mommy and Daddy love you, Hayley!

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Pregnancy Update: 2 down, 1 to go

Third trimester starts this week! Eek! Pregnancy has been great so far, baby girl is growing, growing, growing, and so is my belly! Chad and I are both so blessed and excited for what’s to come. There’s a lot to process, and a lot of unknowns, but we take it day by day and learn something new about pregnancy and babies every day.

We had a great Christmas with family (despite my terrible cold that left me voiceless on Christmas morning – yuck!). Needless to say, grandmas, great-grandma, aunts and nieces are all very excited for baby girl and showered her with all kinds of pink gifts. Who can resist buying cute pink baby things?

We built the crib and changing table this weekend, so we’ve got a start on her nursery. And the boxes of other things are piling up across the house (why does such a teeny tiny thing require so much stuff?!?). One day, it will all come together. I hope.

Here’s some new belly pictures, our Christmas family pic, and the start of our little monkey’s nursery. Just 3 more months until this bun is done baking!

22 weeks pregnant

22 weeks

Christmas Family Pic (22 Weeks)

Christmas Family Pic (22 Weeks)

26 Weeks Pregnant

26 Weeks

26 Weeks 3 Days Pregnant

Getting Rounder

Crib

Crib

Changing Table

Changing Table

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We’re having a girl!

We went to have our ultrasound on Thursday and found out that our little one is a baby girl! She was moving so much and stretching and rolling around. We could see everything – her little fingers and toes, her tiny beating heart, and even her spine and ribcage. It’s so amazing to see how much she’s growing in there! I’m 19 weeks now and she’s about the size of a mango – 6 inches long and 1/2 pound.

Baby Girl Ultrasound at 19 Weeks

Our Baby Girl's Ultrasound - 19 Weeks

I started feeling flutters the night before Thanksgiving. It felt like little sparks going off in my belly and I just knew it was our little one kicking away. I’ve felt her move more and more each day. I have to say this may be the most exciting part of pregnancy – starting to show, feeling those first movements, and finding out that it’s a girl all in the same week!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, we had Chad’s mom and stepdad down here for the first Thanksgiving at our house. And we deep fried the turkey! And it didn’t catch on fire! It was the first time I had fried turkey and it was soooo good. And it only took about an hour to cook so no slaving in the kitchen all day for Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to do it again next year!

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving with Fried Turkey!

We’re looking forward to Christmas with our families and reaching more milestones with our little baby girl. Next up: choosing a name and setting up the nursery.

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Baby makes 3!

Big news! Chad and I are expecting our first kiddo in April! Today I’m 14 weeks and 3 days (about 3 months) and my due date is April 26, 2012. The baby is healthy and so is my pregnancy so far. We’re so excited and our families are all super excited, too! We feel so very blessed and loved and are looking forward to this new adventure!

Our first ultrasound - 8 weeks and 6 days. Our little gummy bear!

Stay tuned – I’ll be posting belly pics and more fun pregnancy stuff as the journey to 9 months continues!

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Indy 500 100th Anniversary

This year’s Indy 500 race was the 100th Anniversary and my first time attending The Greatest Spectacle in Racing! This race is one of the greatest highlights of our city – you can go anywhere in the world and tell them you’re from Indianapolis, and they’ll respond with “oh, yes, the Indy 500!”

Of course I was cheering for #67 Ed Carpenter – a fellow Butler University grad and a Park Tudor grad! What a great race he had! Ed stayed in the top 10 for all but a few laps, and even led for 3 laps under caution! Congrats to Ed for finishing 11th!

My second pick was the eventual winner Dan Wheldon, whom I had met during my days interning at Radio Now downtown. I thought he was a very nice, down-to-earth guy, and not much bigger than I am, but then again you have to be tiny to fit in those cars. Congrats to Dan for driving into Victory Lane!

Mom, Dad, Uncle John & Aunt Sarah at the Indy 500

Indy 500 Memorial Day Weekend

Tribute to our Troops

Indy 500 Pace Cars

Pace Cars

Ed Carpenter Indy 500

Ed Carpenter

Danica Patrick Indy 500

Danica Patrick

  View all my photos and videos from the 100th Anniversary Indy 500.

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How to make your own recipe book

I made my own personalized recipe book as a Christmas gift this past holiday season. It took some time, but it was really quite simple.

As I made some of my favorite recipes throughout the year, I snapped some snazzy shots of the finished products. Then I gathered all of my recipes and photos and started to create a photobook with my favorite online photo store, Snapfish.

If you’ve never made a photobook before, it’s incredibly simple. You can choose different sizes, hardbound/soft cover, number of pages, different themes and layouts for each page. You can truly make it your own. Just upload your photos, choose your layouts, and drag and drop your photos onto the pages.

Here is my finished recipe photobook.

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=1AbtW7Vs0bs3KQ

(Note: If I said I love Snapfish, why is this photobook in Shutterfly? Because I love a good deal. I did make my gift recipe books in Snapfish, but after the holidays, Shutterfly sent me a discount code for a free 8×8 book, so I made another one. I chose to link to the Shutterfly book because it doesn’t require you to log in like Snapfish’s share feature.)

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