Friday, September 19, 2014

happy 21 months to my love bug

Our sweet baby Mia is only 3 months away from turning 2!! I'm having the hardest time wrapping my head around that fact! Time is flying.... and I REALLY need to get started on her party prep, birthday gifts, family photo outfits and Christmas gifts (for everyone) because halfway through November and all of December I'm going to be a worthless, blubbering mess until her birthday, HA! At least we are having so much fun watching Mia grow and expand her vocabulary! I kind of want to squeeze her every time I see her sweet face!
bracelet c/o Our Little Pretties
- Mia's new words this month are "he-oo" (hello), "coo kie" (cookie, spoken as if two words), "cu" (cup), "cheeeeeeese", "mow" (more), "bee beeeee" (beep beep), "goo" (good).
- She's really starting to put 2-3 words together now and it's so fun! Just yesterday she pointed to the beads on my shirt and said, "Oh, dat pre-y!"! Melt my heart! She also says, "He-oo? Hi! Hey you! Bye you!" (all in on breath, ha!), "mmm, dat goo!", "heugo" (here you go), "youokay?" "deritis!" (there is is), "whasdat?" (what's that). My very favorite is when she hears a bang or something drop she comes running, "oh no! uh oh! youokay?" She's the sweetest!
- I did catch 2 of the cutest videos of Mia's little voice and posted on Instagram! Here is one of her saying words, and here is one making animal noises!
- Mia is obsessed with helicopters, airplanes, birds, dogs, cats and horns honking or a loud engine. 
- This kind of grosses us out but she likes to eat eggs (cooked, of course) cold. Pineapple is her favorite. She calls it "coo kie", ha ha. 
- She has perfected drinking out of a cup with no lid! Occasionally she spills, but we give her water AND milk in a cup with no lid now!
- Mia got her 3rd haircut and once again, she loved it!
- I let Mia go down the "big kid" slide all by herself a few days ago, I just caught her at the bottom! Trust me, this was a huge deal for me! I'm sure Mia's been dying for me to let her do it on her own, ha! The kid is fearless and a thrill seeker!
- Her favorite place to be is outside! She brings us our shoes when she wants to go out. She knows what pair belongs to mom/dad, and brings us matching pairs!
- Sweet girl needs mommy to kiss her "owies" now! I love that I can make her feel better with a little kiss! The other day I showed her an "owie" I had and what did she do? Kissed it, all on her own without any prompting from me! Love her!
- Mia still wears all different sizes of clothes. 6-9 month, 12 month and 18 month! Size 4 shoes fit her perfectly now, but we do have some size 5 and I even got size 6 boots. They are SO cute but I'm worried they will be way too big for half the winter :(
- She officially moved up to size 4 diapers.     

Happy 21 months (tomorrow) baby girl! You really are the best part of our lives! Dada and momma love you SO much! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

dancing with *the star*

Headband c/o Her Joyful Studio

I took Mia to her first ever {mommy and me} dance class last week and good grief, my heart could barely handle it! As cheesy as this sounds... I've been dreaming of this day since we found out we were having a girl!! I only found out about the class the morning of, so I rushed home from the gym, found the fluffiest, frilliest outfit in Mia's closet and pulled out her darling sparkly bow headband from Her Joyful Studio... and then my heart proceeded to explode, ha ha! She just looked so dang CUTE!
The best part by far was watching how excited Mia was in class! There was lots of squealing, laughing and "wow"ing, ha ha! Mia loved mimicking the teacher and her little friends, and she actually followed along pretty well! I'm also really excited to teach Mia to listen to her teacher and to follow direction. She's a little young to fully understand, but I'm happy to be getting an early start with her, especially since she isn't in a daycare or preschool! 
During our class Mia got to stretch, run in circles (there's not much else a one and a half year old can do, HA!) shake her little body, make animal sounds (Mia's favorite was growling like a lion!), hula hoop (or in Mia's case, carry the hula hoop around) and do somersaults! Girlfriend was in heaven! We have definitely found our new favorite activity together and I can't wait for her next dance class! Gosh, it really is the little things!!
Linking up with Ashley and Jess

Monday, September 15, 2014

my thoughts on her beauty

I have been wanting to write this post for some time, but I've been too nervous to actually type it out for fear of getting it wrong. I'm not one to participate in the "mommy wars" and I'm certainly not going to tell another mother they are doing it wrong (so don't take it that way)! I'm just here to tell you how I feel, and I feel so passionately about this!

I feel like my daughter is beautiful (my biased opinion is that she's the most beautiful child I've ever laid eyes on, ha!) and she should know it, feel it and believe it! I've seen this new trend among mothers (or maybe it's not a trend but I'm only hearing about it now because of social media?) that they do everything they can to avoid letting their child focus on their outer beauty. I've heard of them asking their friends and family to refrain from telling their child they are "pretty" or "handsome". They want to instill in their child that beauty comes from within and it doesn't matter what you look like on the outside. Of course I whole heartily agree that beauty comes from within; and I will be teaching Mia to love everyone around her, to be the best version of herself and to strive to be as Christlike as possible at all times and in all things and in all places. BUT you better believe that I will also be teaching her that she is beautiful and perfect physically, in her own way!

I feel like we all have different beliefs, religions, upbringings, cultures... you probably don't believe in everything (if anything) I believe in, and that's okay! But I believe we are made in God's image and that our loving Heavenly Father wants us to know of our worth. God does not down play our beauty, our important role as women in the world and the worth of our self esteem... so why would I downplay our beauty to someone, anyone, but especially my daughter? Mia is the daughter of a King and there is no greater knowledge than knowing where she came from to help her navigate through this tricky world.

I feel like we live in a time where the world tears us down every chance it gets. Mia will have many uphill battles and struggles to face as she grows and becomes less naive to the hate that exists here. Oh how I wish I could fight those battles for her! I wish I could erase every doubt and self loathing she will experience. I wish she could avoid being challenged, second guessing her worth and feeling like she isn't living up to the expectations of society.  But I can't and she won't. Which is why I feel so strongly of the importance that Mia develops the knowledge of her beauty, inner AND outer, now and forever. Her body, her physical traits, her personality and heart are a gift from God. A gift that should be cherished instead of downplayed.

I feel that it is my duty to instill in Mia a love for herself that she can't deny, even in her darkest of moments. Mia does not have to live up the the world's standards to be beautiful. She is enough. Just being herself and embracing her outward appearance, her personality, her uniqueness, her inner beauty and her self worth... she is enough!

My sweet Mia, you are beautiful and don't allow anyone to let you believe otherwise!

Friday, September 12, 2014

wrapped up in you

Freshly Picked moccs-
"How do I love thee, well count the ways..."
When I was trying to decide what to write in my review, this song popped into my head, ha! But seriously, we love them in so many ways!
Shorts c/o Dainty and Lion
Headband c/o SAK Threads Dress c/o Matilda Jane
Headband c/o SAK Threads Moccasins c/o Freshly Picked

In all seriousness, we had to retire Mia's first pair of moccs just last week and we are so sad about it! It took awhile for us to warm up to these shoes, we weren't used to the style. But once we realized how comfortable they were for Mia and how much she loved them? We couldn't help but love them! Eric even said in passing one day, "I didn't think those moccasins would ever grow on me... but I kinda like them on her now!" Men, ha ha! These are the first pair of shoes that Mia was able to put on all by herself, she kept them on in the car (the first thing she does when we start driving is rip her shoes off!), she could walk, run and jump in puddles :) We really can't say enough good things about Freshly Picked moccasins!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I remember

via (get your own free printable here)

I couldn't help but spend my morning on Pinterest and Google searching 9/11... and the *chills* keep coming. I was reminded of a conversation I had with one of my clients a couple weeks ago. She told me that the younger generation, late elementary-early middle school, don't remember September 11, 2001 (how is that possible? Am I that old already?) Her nieces and nephews were visiting over 9/11 of last year, and they watched recaps of that horrific day. She said her niece stared at the screen and exclaimed in a hushed voice, "wow, this really did happen?!"
Oh, it happened! And I will never forget! But I will also never forget the way our country pulled together, united, and gave everything we could to stand stronger than ever! My heart bursts with pride each time I think of it. I am proud to be an American, I love this country and I am so thankful for those who fight for our freedom! I will never forget 9/11 and I will let the memories remind me in my weakest of moments, how strong we truly are!