Friday, September 9, 2011

Chloe is 18 months old - that's 1.5 years!!!

This.... little... (big) .... girl!

has changed my life. I can't believe it all. I look at her now and she is like my little buddy, my darling, my sweetie, my pumpkin, my beautiful daughter. This girl is the best of the best in every way. She is growing up so quickly. She says so many words, understand so much. Chloe, mommy & daddy and your whole family & friends absolutely adore you. I don't know what I would do without you. Thank you Jesus, for this precious angel.

In this busy season, I don't get to blog much personally or to post many pictures of my own child as I'm busy photographing everyone else's! this morning I told brian, get her bag, lets dress her cute and we're going to the park to take pictures for her 1.5 year birthday. I want some beautiful pictures of my own girl! Here's a favorite. There's a bunch more here :)

Some of her favorite words are
uh oh
no no no
meow meow
moo moo
bye byegagaga
wawa (water)
mmmmiiiillllk (milk)

we have her appt in 2 weeks so i'll see how big she is, but i anticipate it's at least 30 lbs and 34 inches tall!

Friday, June 24, 2011


remember that time i used to blog? that was fun. no time for it anymore, can barely keep up with the professional blog! Between work, crazyness and trying to get our house up for sale, life has ramped up to an insane pace. Luckily Chloe seems to be handling it even better then I am!

Here's some pics of Chloe at the zoo a couple weeks ago!

This pony/donkey was so cute, just kept looking at chloe and nuzzling her. They were buds.

Chloe is still a mama's girl!

Discovering the red slide in the toddler area. She climbed up and down this for like 20 minutes!

Chloe and her best bud, Jackson :)

Chloe is awesome right now - her absolute FAVORITE activity is mommy & daddy reading books to her. We probably read 10-20 books, multiple times to her, daily. During playtime, before bed, anytime! She also loves to build with her blocks. And she loves Dora the explorer. ... it's bad. She squeals a lot in excitement (and frustration) She is trying to repeat so many things we say. She has many tricks and cute things she does!

Her favorite words right now are:

dada (#1 by far) means actual dada and then she uses it when she can't repeat what we are trying to get her to :)
diaper (diapah)
tycho (techo)
zelda (zerdo)
mama (but only on command)
kitty (titty)
banana (pronounced nana)
uh oh!
all done! (aahdahn)
Dora (dura - she actually says it with a spanish "r" roll, no joke)
no, no, no (nononon, while pointing and wagging her finger)
eh (yes, or more)

At the doctor last week she was almost 28 lbs, 32 inches tall, in the 95-100% for height & weight. I'm just glad those two caught up with each other! She is our big healthy and happy girl. We ADORE her. I kiss her constantly, and she has taken to walking up to us, turning around and planting herself in our laps.

Here is a quick video of her we took the other day on the web cam :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter 2011

We had a really nice Easter with Chloe and family. I never dress Chloe up cuz I always think she looks uncomfortable, haha, but in this case I had all these sweet dresses to choose from for her, and she got to wear the dress her Aunt Kristin got her. I took a lot of pics, they are here on facebook. Here are a few of my favorites :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

SOOOO not been good at blogging lately

I have so much to catch you all up on and get recorded here, but I just can't seem to find the time to get blogging. Luckily I took some adorable pictures of chloe in her Easter dress and they are begging to be shared, so I hope to get those up today. Stay tuned!!

In other news, at 13.5 months, chloe is hilarious. We are adoring this stage. She is zooming around and walking like a champ. Oh yes, she tumbles a lot, but she gets right back up and keeps going. She makes funny faces at me and giggles a lot. She kNOWS what she wants.

And this girl... this girl LOVES music. I often catch her saying "no, no, doh, doh" in a sing-song voice to herself. If we sing to her, she doesn't want it to stop. She does her little back & forth sway with her shoulders/hand to let us know "KEEP THE MUSIC GOING PLEASE!" She even figured out how to turn up the volume of the music at my parents house and she started dancing with pride! Brian and I do sing to her a lot, but being as musical as we are, I actually thought we'd play more, do more songs with her, etc. She still has gotten the music bug though. I love it!

So far... this is my favorite stage she's been in... i think. I mean, I love them all... but I dunno. I just LOVE HER!!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

the baby weight

I've been trying various things over the last few months to lose about 20 lbs of weight. A few of the pounds are baby-related, but most was from before the baby - my philosophy then was "well i'm going to get fat anyway, so might as well just let myself go." Boy this was a mistake... I really think that my unhealthy/overweight body was not as well equipped for pregnancy as it would have been if I would have been stronger and leaner. I could be wrong, but that is my hunch.

I was talking to a friend of mine that I sing with at church about how she lost weight after she had her baby. She brought in her book on Eating Clean, and I've been reading/dabbling in it for the last two days. Generally the principles of Eating Clean are 6 meals a day with components like lots of lean protein, paired with complex carbohydrates in vegetables and fruit. Nuts, lean meats, lots of eggs, etc. And TONS of water (like 3+ liters) She really talks about eating "real" clean foods, cutting out a lot of the processed stuff. Obviously, this is hard for me. However, the thing I like about it is that it doesn't make me cut carbs completely, in fact the breakfast is my favorite meal by far, a large cup of hearty and healthy organic oats, with wheat germ, flaxseed mixed in, and mixed berries or various fruit to top it. Then one whole egg and 4 egg whites (prepared however) for the protein. I can't eat that many eggs so I've just been doing 1 egg and mixing 2 whites. Anyway - you can still eat healthy dairy in moderation, and I'm learning about things like almond butter and soybeans. The other decent thing is that most of these foods are good for chloe to eat too, so we're both eating healthier at once and she's experiencing some new foods. It's truly exhausting though as I'm moving away from baby jar foods and giving her more healthy table foods. Sigh. Anyway... enough of that.

The first day was exciting, energizing and motivating. Overall I felt great and really pumped. I drank all my water (peeing like a racehorse, which is actually very hard for me since the bathroom is upstairs and every time i leave chloe alone for a moment in the living room she has a crying fit) I went to the store and stocked up on spinach, lean chicken, almond butter, wheat germ, flaxseed, tuna (which I hate), frozen mixed veggies (it's almost impossible for me to keep fresh veggies in the house without most of them going bad since brian doesn't eat them, plus this is much more convenient for me as a busy mom of a 1 year old!), frozen/fresh fruit, greek yogurt, soybeans, sweet potatoes, etc.

I'm at the end of day two and it's already getting harder. Brian had a bagel for a snack and I wanted it so badly. I am missing my sweets/white carbs, pop tarts, etc. a lot. I'm sick of water already. I'm also feeling the effects digestively too from eating so much more fiber, protein and veggies. That's all I will say. But I believe that will pass. The food I'm eating is good, and I'm not going to the letter, or else I'd have to cook 2 separate meals on the nights Brian's home, and that's just not happening. But I just miss the convenience of the things I was eating before. But I know I was letting myself get so dehydrated, and so hungry, so I know that this schedule of eating, and these foods are really really so good for me in every way.

I did get a short work-out in today too, but I know I need to increase that as much as I can, especially lifting weights, resistance training.

So... anyway.... that's all. Going to keep it up. Hopefully I'll start seeing some changes and can stay motivated to keep going. Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

dear chloe, at one year.

Dear Chloe,

I am in awe of you and your beauty and sweetness. I can't believe that God blessed me with such a an incredible child. I can remember the day we found out you we were going to have you, and being in disbelief. After a hard pregnancy, I went to the doctor to be checked and they told me that you were going to be coming that night! We couldn't believe it. We went to the hospital and felt scared, jumpy, but mostly overjoyed. I remember how hard it was to get you out of me, and the precious moment when I saw you for the first time and got to kiss your sweet little face. Then they took you and cleaned you up, and brought you back to me after the doctor's checked you and I over to make sure we were going to be ok. You were so quiet, sweet, and alert. I remember when your eyes looked at me, and taking pictures of you and having the family around just in awe of you.

Chloe only a few hours old, March 9, 2010 born at 11:18am

Chloe at 1 year old, March 9, 2011 with her present from mommy & daddy

Chloe at her birthday party last Saturday, March 5

It's been one year since that day, and you have changed so much. It goes so rapidly, I feel like I blink and you are a new child, with some new talent or babble to show us that day! I look at your pictures from one year ago and I can't believe how much you've grown. You are almost walking now, you took two steps on Friday (March 4) You say dada all the time, and have a word that sounds like "duck" for yes. You've started to hum a little tune and love to laugh and imitate mommy. You love your kitties, and the lids of containers to chew on. You have eight teeth, and are eating more and more real people foods. You still like baby food though :) Generally you like most of the foods mommy & daddy give you except you are starting to push green veggies away at times. You know how to sign "more" and "eat", and will come up to us, and point to our mouths to tell us you are hungry! You love your sippy cup of water! I will soon have to stop giving you bottles/formula and binky and I'm not looking forward to it. You LOVE your binky still and whenever you suck on it, you look like a tiny baby again and become cuddly and sleepy. It is our magic sleeping charm ;)

When friends and family come to visit, you just light up when people enter the room! At church though you are sometimes a little shy, preferring to cling to mommy. You cry when I leave you in the nursery, but usually within a minute or two you are very happy and loving to play with all the kids! You are super active, loving to climb the stairs, crawl quickly across the living room and hall. We are so excited when you respond to us, point, and tell us what you like and want and prefer. Your beautiful hair is getting so long, and to me you are perfect in every way.

Chloe, your birth and life has completely changed me and your daddy. We are absolutely smitten with you, and our love for you is so deep, it is hard to describe. We will always always love you, and always be there for you, and be proud of you. I pray to God that you will know Him, and have a relationship with Him, and that the Father will protect your little life from harm. I lift you up into His hands right now, my precious, beautiful daughter.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

thinking of some changes

Ok cloth diapering mommas, comment here and tell me what brand you use, why you chose it, and what your system is for cloth diapering :) I'm not promising I'm going to change, but I'm definitely putting some research into it. I've been looking at fuzzibunz the most, they seem like they would fit our lifestyle the best. The gDiapers seem awesome too and the most convenient, but they are very expensive and don't save a whole lot of money over disposable which is one of the whole reasons I am looking into this (not to mention the environmental reasons, of course :))

My other main hangup is that brian is really not into the idea due to the increased messiness, hassle, etc., (he thinks and I'm not sure). So I don't want to get into something that will relegate me to do most of the diaper cleanups for the rest of our "baby" years. LOL.

Monday, January 10, 2011

10 months old

My little newborn is now a mobile, chunky, gorgeous, babbling 10 month old-soon-to-be-toddler. I thinks he is very close to standing on her own and then walking. It's hard to believe that now it's my daughter who is almost 1! I am in shock.

Chloe is doing so many fun and cute things these days. She babbles all the time, often saying real words like dadda and momma (when she's mad). She tries to say 'light' and 'cat' and we've heard her say bye bye (randomly). She can climb the ENTIRE staircase of our house, she waves "hi" and "bye" like a champ, and she can give you things and play roll the ball. She loves peek'a'boo and loves to be tickled and kissed on her neck and belly.

She's also starting to do some of the not-so-fun things, like getting pickier about veggies and preferring fruits to veggies. I think I did a great job at providing her with tons of variety, but as babies get older, they, just like us, know what tastes better on their tongue! She is eating lots of new foods and trying new things all the time. She is also pushing things away, throwing herself on the floor when she's really upset, and screeching when I leave the room or hand her off.

She has EIGHT TEETH! She's still a pretty great sleeper, she's tending to need to be left alone more (even though she screams when we do leave) but she is too distracted when we're in the room. So we get a few minutes of crying around 7:15pm and USUALLY she's out for the whole night until around 7amish. We know we are so blessed!!!

Here's a few more pics from Christmas time since I never got to post any!

also - hello cuteness: