Monday, January 27, 2014

1 Year

I can hardly believe today (I'm a few days late; Friday was the big day) is here. Baisden's first birthday! What a wonderful year it has been with this precious little's been better, harder and more rewarding than we ever could have imagined. We count our blessings every day.

At 12 months, Baisden is becoming more and more of an individual every day. I swear she turned into an independent (ish) toddler overnight. No more bottles, all sippy cup. And she wants to do it all by herself. I'm proud, and selfishly sad at the exact same moment. It's fun to watch her learn new things and grow into little miss independent, but I think I could shed a tear or two, too!

B continues to be funny. I'm sure that I am partial, being her mother, but I really do think she has a great sense of humor. She loves to make us laugh and we love it too. She is into EVERYTHING and is 9,000 miles a minute.

She's the ultimate climber. The other day, Josh was keeping her and let her play at the bottom of the stairs, with the baby gate closed. He walked down the hall into the kitchen and all of a sudden, things got suspiciously quiet. Sure enough, she had climbed along the outside of the stairs and was grinning from ear to ear as she dangled from the stair railing on step number 3.

The kitchen cabinets are very popular these days. Particularly the ones underneath the sink (as well as the trash pull and dishwasher). Long ago, I cleared out all of the hazardous cleaners, so it's fairly sparse under there...makes it very easy for her to toss everything out and climb in the cabinet herself. She got a play kitchen for her birthday so maybe that will distract her for the time being!

While we are on the subject of tossing, B will violently throw toys, shoes, whatever it may be that's in her path, out of the way as she crawls past it. This cracks us up!

She is loving her anywhere chair. Not to sit in, of course, but to climb and try to jump off the back. She seems uncharacteristically cautious, however, when it comes to walking. She will cruise all over the house with her walker (or a dining room chair), but isn't very interested in taking those steps unassisted. I can see her thinking about it, but she always falls to her knees and crawls like the speed of light.

Playing chase has become a part of our pre-bath routine. We will get her down to just her diaper and she takes off, giggling. We say "I'm gonna get you!" and chase after her and she scampers all around upstairs laughing hysterically. Lately when I've put her in her crib at night, she stands up, holds onto the rail and jumps like crazy.

We are dealing with some temper tantrums these days. I suppose this is completely normal, but I didn't think they started this early. They mostly occur during diaper changes when she is encouraged to be still or when we try to take something away from her. She looks at me, fusses, and kicks her legs. Josh says she gets that from me :) I can't blame her. Sometimes temper tantrums make you feel a little better!

B is stingy with her kisses. The other night I leaned in for a little peck and she vehemently jerked her head away from me. I couldn't help but laugh. Other times, she initiates a little sugar and it melts my heart. 

She is still completely obsessed with the dogs. She giggles at Buster and squeals for Oliver. (She probably gets the squealing from me, as I think I talk to O in a high pitched voice!)

She is still a little piglet when it comes to food. She is eating it all. And you can forget the spoon. If she can't feed it to herself, she's not interested. She is, however, interested in feeding the dogs. They flock around the kitchen table at meal times. I will say that it's nice to have clean up help! She is completely on whole milk as of a couple days ago. She has done really well with it and I feel like I have SO much more time now that I'm not pumping. Hallelujah! 

She has 7 teeth and I see the 8th one about to break through. She still loves her books and has added a few more favorites in the rotation. Whew, I think I was starting to dream about Brown Bear, Brown Bear after reading it to her so many times! She would almost rather flip through the books herself than listen to me read them.

What an adventure it's been to watch this little character grow up! This weekend we celebrated  her first birthday with a small family gathering, and it was perfect. She loved being the center of attention and we are now trying to find a place for all her new's starting to get ridiculous! 

Thank you all for reading along during our first year as parents. I've really enjoyed cataloging her monthly activities on the blog, and knowing that we have people in our lives who want to read about her warms my heart! Happy 1st birthday, little B!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Accessorizing for Less

I am obsessed with decorating and accessorizing my house. I am not obsessed with going broke doing it. It is amazing what you can do with a little bit of research and diligence. I swear by Homegoods. Take, for example, this adorable basket from Serena & Lily. It retails for $148. Puh-lease.

Or this one below, also from Serena and Lily. This one is actually on sale right now for $69.99! I had this style in mind for storing toys in B's play area but refused to pay such a price.

So I ventured into Homegoods one day, and voila...found this for $49.99! Pretty close, right? And it's made by Tahari so it's of great quality.

I'm not one for lots of knick knacks, but I needed something for the back of the commode in our downstairs bath - I've got my mom's owl sketches in here and wanted to continue the owl theme. This looks precious with some potpourri in it. I think the owl deal below was $15. 

I've always been a fan of boxwood anything. I splurged on some boxwood topiaries from Ballard for my mantel but couldn't bring myself to do the same for something outdoors. Right before Christmas, I found these little cuties for $49.99 each. They are nearly as good of quality as those from Ballards, for a third of the price! I just stuck them down in some urns I already had. These looked cute with Christmas lights and them, and next, they will be adorned with bumble bees for a 1st birthday party. 

Also for the front porch, I found these beautiful lanterns! I think they were maybe $20 and $40 each. I found these after I had splurged on all 3 Park Hill lanterns from Pottery Barn, oops!

Pretty similar, right?

Finally, my dining room. Which is a major work in progress. I'm currently in search of wooden drapery hardware that won't break the bank (Restoration Hardware, you are absurd), so if anyone has any suggestions, I'd love 'em! I envisioned mercury glass lamps on my antique sideboard table to modern it up a bit, but didn't want to pay $200 per lamp base from Pottery Barn, below. $200 for just the base, no shade included. Again, puh-lease.

So, hunting at Homegoods one day, I found these below for $59.99 each, shades and all. I must say, they really look great. During Christmas, I had mercury glass Christmas trees (also from Homegoods) on the dining room table and I liked them so much that I went in search of mercury glass candlesticks to replace the holiday decor. They were on clearance (!!!) and ranged from $8-$15 per candlestick. Yes, still need candles.

So there's my plug for shopping smart (and for Homegoods). Decorating and accessorizing should be fun, not depleting!