Liam is 18 months old!

I can’t believe my little boy is already a year and a half old! Where has the time gone?? He has had many new experiences since my last post; vacation in Mexico, time outside in the snow, visit to the ice castles, running around outside when the snow melted and the weather was warm, he got his first haircut, and so much more!

We had his 18 month pictures taken and he did really great. He is growing and learning so much.

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Growth/Health
Liam had his 18 month well baby check at the end of February. He has stayed consistent with weight gain and head growth but he shot up these last few months. He is now in the 75th percentile for height (25th at his 15 month) and measures at 33 inches. For his weight he is now 23.8 lbs which is the 48th percentile. His head size is 47 cm which is 41st percentile.

Overall Liam has remained fairly healthy other than a cold/cough here and there. He also remained healthy over mine and Joe’s battle with the flu at Christmas time. Thank goodness for that!

Sleep
Liam continues to be a good sleeper for us. There are some mornings that he gets up a little earlier than we would like and there are some naps that are shorter than we would like but overall he is a great sleeper. We have kept his routine of bedtime between 7-7:30 at night and he gets up between 5:30-6:30 usually. We still don’t let him get out of bed before 6am and he will lay and/or entertain himself until we get him. He truly is such a good little guy.

Language
Liam is repeating everything! Liam’s vocabulary continues to expand on a daily basis. Lately we have been working on numbers and colors. He knows “two” and “blue.” So we have some work to do still-haha! Some of the phrases Liam will say are “all done” and “I don’t know.” He also says “love you” and “see ya later.”

Movement
Liam is all over the place. There is no stopping him now. He is running, climbing, and standing on things he shouldn’t be. He is also quite the dancer.

Food
Well Liam has been a good eater from the start and continues to be a good eater. He has his days where he can be picky but for the most part he can eat. He loves eating anything Joe or I am eating. The one thing that stands out that he doesn’t like is leafy greens-however he will eat spinach if it is cooked with something.

Teeth
Liam now has 12 teeth! He has his four top and bottom and then 4 molars as well. He enjoys brushing his teeth which make the task pretty easy for us to accomplish -thank goodness.

Personality
Liam has become very silly. He knows when he is being funny. He also knows when he is being naughty. Liam has also become really shy lately. He is very curious and has been since day 1. He takes in everything around him and checks everything out. This kid seriously misses nothing! It is adorable watching my learn and grow.

Loves:

  • being outside
  • Marley
  • Spending time with his dad
  • Spending time with either of his grandpas
  • being around other kids
  • babies
  • sucking on his swaddle blanket
  • Mickey Mouse
  • running all over the place
  • hiding
  • reading books
  • saying “no”

Dislikes:

  • mom picking his nose or ears
  • waiting for his food
  • being told “no”
  • sitting still
  • strangers

Liam is 15 months old

So since Liam turned 1 year old I felt monthly updates were not necessary however he has grown and learned so much since then! He has a big personality, gentle heart, and is all boy that is for sure! There is a lot to say about his development so this is a long post! Below is Liam at exactly 12 months and this morning at exactly 15 months.

Growth/health
Liam had his 15 month check up today and is doing great! He weighs 22.2 lbs (40%) and is 30.5 inches (25%) tall. His head is 46.5 cm (41%). He is continuing to grow and is staying for the most part really healthy.

In this past 3 months we did have our first battle with an ear infection. He got it right before Thanksgiving and was put on his first antibiotics (insert sad emoji here). He bounced right back though.

Sleep
Liam has been sleeping through the night from around 7-7:30 bedtime and will sleep until anywhere between 5:30-7am. When he wakes up he lays quietly and waits for someone to come get him (we don’t let him get out of bed until 6am at the earliest).

Language
Liam can say many words now. He also has his moments where he will repeat anything you say but he decides when. He says mama, dada, grandma (nana), grandpa (bumpa), Marley, milk, blankie, nigh-nigh, bye, hi, hello, Annie (na-nie —he thinks everyone is Annie lol), spoon, big buck, banana, Joel or Joe, uh-oh, no, thank you, eye, nose, cheers, and I’m sure so much more that I am missing! He says some other things kind of unclearly but we as his parents understand him most of the time. Some of those words include book, diaper, bubbles, snack, bird, and more. I truly am running a blank on all the things he says!

Liam has also mastered many animal sounds, especially farm animals. Joe taught him what an elk says as well and he is good at that!

Movement
Liam is running all over the place. He is unstoppable and so fast. He can climb, bend over, walk backwards, go up the stairs and down (supervised). He gets on his tippy toes to reach things he shouldn’t and loves crawling under the dining room table.

Liam can wave bye and hi, blow kisses, clap, stomp, kick, “jump,” dance, spin, give high five, give knuckles (pound), point, throw, and I’m sure there is more. His new trick is the spinning round and round. It’s so cute.

Food
When Liam turned 1 he switched to whole milk and the transition went smoothly. We mixed half breast milk half whole milk for a few days and then went to straight whole milk. He had no reaction to it at all.¬†We also ditched the bottle when Liam turned 1. Liam has been drinking from a sippy cup since then. The transition to that was really easy as well. Once we switch to the sippy cup we also decided no more milk right before bed (just at dinner time and that was it for the evening). Again to my surprise this didn’t phase Liam at all (as I thought he might wake up earlier because he was hungry) and he actually slept better than he has been.

Liam is a great eater most of the time. He love bananas and would have one every meal if it were up to him. We have learned if we give him his vegetables first he will eat them. He pretty much loves any food he is given and we do our best to make sure he gets vegetables, fruit, and protein in each meal. He now insists on having a fork or spoon with his meal and does not want help using it. He is pretty good with it though!

Teeth
Liam now has 6 teeth (3 on top and 3 on bottom). He had 4 teeth for the longest time and in the last month gained 2 more! He has been drooling like crazy so I am guessing there are more to come.

Loves:

  • being outside (when it isn’t too cold)
  • spending time with his dad
  • spending time with either of his grandpas (they are his favorite!)
  • being around other kids
  • sucking on his swaddle blanket
  • cooking in his play kitchen -stirring
  • pretend driving cars
  • running all over the place
  • playing with his hockey stick
  • being chased by or “getting” his mom and dad
  • reading books
  • throwing things down the stairs
  • bath time
  • Marley

Dislikes:

  • getting his face wiped
  • mom picking his nose or ears
  • waiting for his food
  • being told “no”
  • sitting still
  • seeing Santa
  • snow

I’m sure there is so much more that I could share about everything Liam has learned and is doing from the past 3 months but this is what comes to mind right now. It is amazing how fast this little man is growing and learning.

Greek Yogurt Whole Wheat Muffins

I wanted to make some low sugar muffins for Liam. Just something quick and easy for in the mornings or on the go. I found this recipe and Liam approves!

Greek Yogurt Whole Wheat Muffins

Makes about 24 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt (the recipe I found calls for full-fat but I only had non-fat and they still turned out great)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a muffin tin with muffin liners
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, slat, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, maple syrup, egg, olive oil, and vanilla extract.
  3. Slowly pourt the wet ingredients in to the dry ingredients and use a spoon to gently fold the ingredients together. Do no over-mix. The batter will be very thick (almost like fluffier cookie dough).
  4. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups and make for approximately 15 mintues, until the tops of the muffins are set. Watch the muffins closely, so as not to overbake.
  5. Allow to cool and enjoy. Can be enjoyed topped with creamy peanut butter, coconut butter, or a smear of butter.

STORAGE SUGGESTIONS: Store any leftover muffins in an air-tight container for four to five days. These muffins freeze well but they also seem to go bad rather quickly when stored in the pantry. I recommend freezing some of the muffins right away if you don’t think you’ll go through all of them within four days and storing all of the remaining muffins in the refrigerator.

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Note: This recipe was adapted from Peanut Butter Fingers

Trick or Treat 2016

Happy Halloween! I hope everyone enjoyed this fun and scary holiday. This was Liam’s 2nd Halloween and I couldn’t think of a cuter costume than him being a monster….and he was adorable!

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We started with a trip to my work in the morning. I had the day off but my work was having a little Halloween party so I asked if Liam could visit with me. He was such a good boy during the party and warmed up to everyone pretty quickly.

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Liam is working at mommy’s work haha!

Then it was home for lunch and nap time. Liam took a nice long nap. Once he woke up it was go go go!

First we went to his daycare for a quick stop to say hi and show off his monster costume. Then it was off to my grandparents. They were so very happy to see him.

Joe had to go to hockey practice and was going to meet up with us after. Liam and I went to my parents and while there gave Liam some dinner before moving on to the next adventure.

We went to Joe’s sister’s because she has a big Halloween get together with friends and family and pizza and fun. Joe’s mom met us there. The other kids already went out to trick or treat so we hung out for a little while until Joe came.

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We walked to Joe’s parent’s to see Joe’s dad and then to Joe’s aunt and uncle’s house.

We then went back to Joe’s sister’s. All the kids were back and it was crazy!

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We made one more stop before we called it a night. We headed to the Greer’s to say hi.

We were all very tired by the end of the evening. On the right home Liam kept saying “nigh-nigh.” He was ready for bed.

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It was another fun Halloween! So happy to have my little monster to show off! ūüôā

First year favorites

I decided to do a post of things that we as parents and Liam as the baby thought were the best in his first year of life! The list is quite lengthy but does not include every single item that we used and loved. These are just the ones that came to mind easily when making this list. I hope you find this helpful!

Newborn to 3 month

  • Rock n Play sleeper¬†-Liam slept in this at night by our bed and also would nap in here.
  • SwaddleMe¬†adjustable blankets and HALO sleep sacks¬†-Liam would sleep in either a swaddle wrap or sleep sack every night.
  • Pampers diapers¬†-We love pampers brand diapers. Liam used pampers right away with no issues with rashes and number of blowouts were very low.
  • Layette -Liam lived in layettes! The convertible cuffs on the sleeves were perfect for protecting his face from fingernail scratching and the gown bottom made for quick and easy diaper changes.
  • Pajamas with zippers -Liam also lived in these at home. The zipper makes for easy diaper changes!
  • Aden and Anais swaddle blankets¬†-We liked these better than any receiving blankets. They were large enough to wrap Liam up tight and also very soft.
  • Chicco KeyFit 30 infant car seat -We love this car seat. We had another brand that we tried and did not like it at all. This one has very easily adjustable straps and is easy to handle. Only down side is that the car seat itself is a little heavier than others but I would still highly recommend it!
  • Wubbanub -Liam liked this from about 1 month to maybe 3 months of age. Then he moved on. I do highly recommend it because the animal attached helps keep the pacifier in the babies mouth if it is loose instead of falling to the side and it is easier for the baby to find.

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3-6 months

  • We continued to use Pampers diapers with minimal blowouts and no rashes. Still highly recommended.
  • We also continued to use Aden and Anais swaddle blankets -Once liam’s hands were free he began sucking on these blankets instead of a pacifier.
  • We continued to use the SwaddleMe adjustable blankets and HALO sleep sacks above. Liam slept so well with them that we kept using them until he started to roll over which is when they recommend discontinued use.
  • Zipadee-zip transitional sleep sack -we used this once Liam started rolling and couldn’t use the sleep sacks anymore. We weren’t sure he would be ready for complete freedom after always being swaddled. We didn’t use it for long and I like to believe that it helped but I can’t say for sure.

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  • Motorola digital video baby monitor – I’m not sure I could have moved Liam to his crib in his own room without this. Not only because I wanted to make sure he was sleeping okay but also because he is a noisy sleeper and this helped me to confirm whether he was still sleeping or awake when he would make noises in the middle of the night.
  • Boppy Cradle in Comfort Bouncer -We got this as a hand-me-down. Liam loved this chair. He would sit in it and watch us as we cooked dinner, ate dinner, or needed to get things done. As I was looking for a link for this product it looks like it was discontinued by the manufacturer. Here ¬†is a similar type of chair that I would highly recommend. Also, it always seemed like as soon as Liam would get in the chair he would poop. We figured it must be at the perfect angle to get things moving!
  • Laugh and learn love to play puppy -Liam would sit and watch the lights and listen to the songs. This could cheer him up if he was fussy.
  • Tommee Tippee bottle warmer -We loved this bottle warmer for quick easy bottle heating.
  • Tommee Tippee bottles -Liam adjusted to these bottles with ease and we used them all through his bottle days. We used the closer to nature baby bottle.

6-9 months

  • We continued to use Pampers diapers with minimal blowouts and no rashes. Still highly recommended.
  • We also continued to use Aden and Anais swaddle blankets -Liam’s comfort object. I had my aunt cut one into 4 sections and hem them so that we had 4 smaller blankets for Liam to suck on.
  • Safety first tubside bath seat -We love this. We don’t have to worry about Liam tipping over or the seat floating away. However, there are some terrible reviews on the chair. We have had no problems with it.
  • Sophie the giraffe -great teething toy.

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  • Graduates rest easy spoons -I found I like these spoons better than the ones with the rounded end. These make for easy scrapping off of excess food from baby’s face.
  • Laugh and learn love to play puppy -Liam¬†continued to enjoy the songs this puppy would sing.
  • Munchkin miracle 360 cup -We have both the trainer with the handles and the one without and Liam likes both. We thought it would be hard for Liam to figure it out but I showed him twice how to use it and he figured it out. I love these because they are supposed to be better for their teeth.

9-12 months

  • We continued to use Pampers diapers with minimal blowouts and no rashes. Still highly recommended.
  • We also continued to use Aden and Anais swaddle blankets
  • Step 2 Finding Dory Water Table -I couldn’t find the exact one Liam has but this one is very similar. This has been our saving grace some evenings. Liam loves to be outside and so this is the perfect summer activity for little ones. Not only that but it seems like kids of all ages love the water table. My nephew who is 2 and my niece who is 5 love it too! This will definitely be making it’s appearance again for many summers to follow!
  • Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Crawl Around Car -Our friends we visited in Seattle had this toy for their little boy and Liam seemed to really enjoy it while we were there. Since then my mom was on a mission to find one for sale. She ended up finding one on a garage sale site. She cleaned it up and brought it over and Liam loves it. He plays in it every day and loves all the noises it makes.

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  • Push walker– Liam loves walking with a walker as he is learning to navigate in the standing up position.
  • Board books -Liam loves to turn the pages and so board books are much better than regular paper pages because then he can grab them with out wrecking the page. I would recommend board books with a short number of words on each page.

 

I’m sure there are many¬†things I am missing but these are really the main items that come to mind when I think about the past year. Of course some of these items are unique to Liam but I hope as you read this you find it helpful!

Apples, anniversary, and a 5k

This weekend was a super fun and exciting weekend. I was busy busy busy but that was good.

FRIDAY

I had the day off so my bestie Annie and I had a fall fun day! We decided to make it just a go with the flow laid back day. We started with coffee and a visit to this small waterfall in Osceola. It is so pretty and peaceful. We chatted and soaked up the view before heading back up the million stairs we went down.

Then it was off to the apple orchard. We checked out all the decor¬†for sale and walked around a little outside. We checked out the pumpkins but I wasn’t liking any of them much. I bought some apples and pears and Annie got a few soup mixes.

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We had time to go out to lunch so we did that. We went to Champs rooftop to eat because it was so nice outside. We ended up just missing the movie time at 1pm so we went to my house to relax for a little bit before the movie at 3.

We went to see Masterminds. It was okay but not great. Parts of the movie were really funny but overall it wasn’t very good which was surprising since the actors and actresses in the movie are normally really funny. I would say wait for this one to come out on DVD or Netflix if you were wanting to see it.

SATURDAY

We spent the morning together drinking coffee and playing with Liam. It was a pretty uneventful morning for us but it was nice.

While Liam napped I started getting ready for date night. Joe and I planned a date night for our 2 year anniversary that was on Tuesday.

I had to wake Liam up from his nap because my mom was picking him up and they were going to a wedding. He looked so cute all dressed up and I even combed his little bit of hair to the side.

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Once my mom picked Liam up I finished getting ready. We had reservations for 5:15pm and it was going to take us a little while to get there so by the time I finished getting ready it was time to go.

We went out to eat at Pittsburgh Blue. They have really good steaks and we were so excited to just have such a yummy dinner. I ended up ordering a glass of wine with dinner which was a huge mistake… Ever since having Liam I have discovered certain beverages make my throat swell up…or at least feel swollen. It has never happened with wine before which is why I didn’t think it would be a problem. (Does this happen to anyone else??)

The food looked super yummy but it was so hard for me to eat with my throat all messed up. It was super hard to swallow making eating just uncomfortable. It kind of ruined the dinner for me and Joe. We packed up the rest of my meal to-go and our complimentary dessert and walked over to Whole Foods to get something similar to tums thinking maybe that would help.

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We ended up getting these papaya enzyme chews which seemed to help but ultimately I think time passing helped the most. I really wanted dessert and the dessert they gave us was red velvet cake —not a fan! So we drove to Hudson.

While we were at dinner my mom sent us a picture of Liam putting on the charm at the wedding reception. Such a cutie!

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Once we got to Hudson my throat felt much better and I was hungry. Joe was hungry too. So we went to Pier 500 for our second meal (haha). We order gouda nachos and brie cheese curds. The nachos were amazing. I was not a fan of the cheese curds.

Then it was time for my dessert. I got the berries crisp which was so amazing and delicious. I seriously couldn’t stop eating it. I want more right now!

We were going to go to a movie in the theaters but we just weren’t interested in seeing any of the movies out right now so we headed home to rent a movie on demand and relax in comfy clothes. We rented Central Intelligence which was pretty funny. Then head off to bed!

SUNDAY

Sleeping in was amazing! I slept until 7:30am which hasn’t happened in so long. Joe slept until after 8am. I woke up, had some coffee, and watched Gilmore Girls on Netflix until Joe woke up.

We seriously did not know what to do with ourselves without Liam. It was so quiet in the house and we both were kind of bored without him there. We missed him too. We would have went and got him right away in the morning but we had a run in the afternoon during Liam’s nap so we were going to get him after that.

We made a nice brunch with eggs and my leftover steak. It was tasty and good fuel for our run.

The race started at 1pm. We headed there at 12:30pm to hang out with Annie and her family before the race. She got a cute new husky puppy Saturday!

The weather was amazing. It was 70 and sunny. It felt really great until we started running…then it was hot! However, I ran my fastest 5k to date! Joe ran with me almost the entire time! After about 2.5 miles he needed a short break. He has a bad ankle and knee right now and they were both really bugging him. It was a really short break though because he was right behind me shortly after I left him.

I kicked it down at the end and ended up taking 3rd place for women in the event and got a free hair cut certificate for it. I finished in just under 28 minutes! Post run we were both sweaty and tired!

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After we ran we picked up Liam quick and then headed to Champs for the after party and giveaways. We walked in just in time to have my name called for a Champs gift card. Then shortly after that Joe’s name was called for a Champs gift basket.

We headed home then. I had tortellini soup/pasta cooking in the crock pot for dinner. Joe went out hunting while Liam and I played the rest of the evening. Dinner was super simple since it was in the crock pot.

Liam was tired so he went to bed right at 7. Joe got home from hunting and we spent the evening relaxing on the couch.

We had such a great weekend! I hope everyone was able to enjoy the beautiful weather and I hope you all have a great week!

Liam is 12 months old

I can’t even believe the day is here. One year ago on this day my baby boy entered the world and everything changed. It is truly amazing how much he has grown over this past year but it is also amazing how Joe and I have grown as husband and wife and now as parents. We are learning so much as Liam grows but one thing is for sure, this boy has stolen our hearts and brought us more joy than we knew was possible. (Photo credit: Signe Shores Photography)

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SLEEP

Liam is in a great sleep routine. He goes to bed around 7-7:30 and then gets up usually around 6. Sometimes he gets up a little earlier or a little later but generally it’s around 6.

He is getting on a more routine nap schedule too. Some days he still takes 2 naps but most days he goes down around 11:30-12 and will sleep for about 2-3 hours. He is then up until bed time.

EAT

Liam still eats pretty much everything! We are continuing to give Liam new things to try and he is loving it. It is so nice to be able to feed him from some of the food we eat now too. It makes feeding him so much easier.

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MOVEMENT

Liam still speed crawls everywhere. It is just crazy how quickly he moves. He continues to bring himself to standing and using furniture and toys to move. He is also standing on his own for longer period of times. He can go from sitting to standing without using furniture or toys to assist him. He has taken a few steps here and there but just isn’t ready to commit to walking yet. Soon though!

TEETH

Liam still has just the 4 teeth. Two on the top and two on the bottom. He has been drooling a lot lately so we are thinking another is on the way but nothing we can see yet.

ACTIVITIES

Liam loves being outside all the time. He constantly wants to be outside with his dad. He also loves using toys or other objects to walk. He recently started giving high fives and gets the biggest smile when he does it. He is still pointing at everything. He has an interest in animals and animal noises. Liam loves his new cozy coupe he got for his birthday too.

LANGUAGE

Liam says “mama” and “dad” very clearly. He also says “all done” and “thank you.” He says “no no no” when he sees something we tell him he can’t touch. He makes bear noises for most animals but also makes a cow noise.

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Loves

  • being outside
  • spending time with his dad
  • riding the Cub Cadet with his dad
  • sucking on his swaddle blanket
  • his water table
  • pretend driving cars
  • walking with a walker
  • silly noises
  • being chased
  • reading animal books

Dislikes

  • getting his face wiped
  • getting his diaper changed
  • mom picking his nose or ears
  • waiting for his food
  • being told “no”
  • sitting still

Liam’s 1st birthday party

How is it that I am already writing a post about Liam’s 1st birthday party? It is so hard to believe how fast time really does go by. People tried telling me and now I totally get it.

We decided to do a woodland creature theme which was super fun. Our party colors were turquoise, orange, white, and browns.

My mom made this adorable sign to welcome all of our guests to the party.

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We had matching family t-shirts which is so corny but so cute! We were mama bear, daddy bear, and the birthday bear!

I tried to get woodland creature themed snacks too. We got teddy grahams as bears, cheddar bunnies, cut up beef sticks as logs, nuts as squirrel food, and fruit as forest berries. I also made funfetti cake dip for the teddy grahams. The pictures in the background I got on Etsy and will be used to decorate his future toddler room (insert crying emoji).

My mom made a hedgehog cheese ball with crackers and some acorns from hershey kisses and mini nutter butters.

Joe’s sister Erin made chocolate dipped pretzel rods as birch sticks. I also got apple sauce pouches for all the littles attending the party.

Joe’s mom got us some beautiful flowers from the farmer’s market to use as centerpieces.

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We borrowed Joe’s sister’s bounce house for the kids to play in. Liam loved it!

Liam’s little guests had fun with the balloons, water table, and bounce house.

Here is my happy birthday boy getting ready for his smash cake! We thought the bow tie was a nice touch.

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I made Liam a healthier smash cake for his 1 year photos and he ended up just hating the frosting on his fingers. I decided to do a naked smash cake with fruit for his party because I knew he would love the fruit. I was right….he picked off the blueberries and wanted nothing to do with the cake or the frosting. (I got Liam’s high chair skirt from Etsy too!)

I tried to get Liam to dig into his cake after only picking at the blueberries but he had no interest.

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Liam didn’t have much interest in opening presents either. He opened about 2 and then was done. He had lots of presents so I don’t blame him. We are so thankful for all the gifts and new toys that Liam got.

It was such a great party with so many wonderful guests. Liam is such a lucky little boy to have so many people who love him and wanted to share this special day with him.

I would say this birthday boy had a great 1st birthday!

Our trip to the Dells

We took a long weekend trip to the Wisconsin Dells to visit my Aunt Sherrie. Prepare for lots of pictures!!!! It was super fun and Liam enjoyed his first trip ever to the dells! My Mom came with us because my Dad had golf on Thursday and was going to drive on his own Thursday night. We left at bedtime Wednesday night and made it to the Dells around 10pm. Liam transitioned well to the pack and play. We hung out and chatted for a little bit before calling it a night.

THURSDAY

Joe wanted Dunkin’ Donuts so bad so he went as early as he could and picked us up coffee and donuts.

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After breakfast we started our day with an almost 2 mile walk. I tried to run a little bit but the air was thick with humidity and as the sun came out it got hotter and hotter. We decided to head back to the house and straight to the pool.

We ended up spending most of the day by the pool. It was a very relaxing day.

After we all showered and got ready for the day we decided to go downtown to the main street and walk around and go to dinner.

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Joe wanted a new Wisconsin Badger hat so we headed to a sports store. We ended up finding Liam the cutest Badger hat too so we HAD to get it for him. He just looked too adorable in it.

There is this clock that tells a story every hour on the hour so we stopped there and watched for a little bit. We also went to the jerky store and cheese store before heading to dinner.

 

We couldn’t wait to have dinner at MACS Macaroni and Cheese Shop. We had been talking about it all day and what kinds we were going to get. My mom got chipotle mac, Joe got buffalo chicken mac, and I got jalapeno popper mac. All were really good but I think my mom’s was the best one this time. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of our dinners but don’t worry we went again on Friday with my dad and I snapped a few pictures.

After MACS we walked around a little bit more. They have a street blocked off where there is a boat and a stage for nightly entertainment.

Then decided it was time to head home to get Liam to bed. However before he went down Joe, Liam, and I went for a little ride on the UTV. Liam loved it. Don’t worry, he didn’t drive! ūüôā

After Liam went down we spent the remainder of the night chatting and watching the Olympics.

FRIDAY

My dad arrived late Thursday night and got some great snuggles with Liam in the morning. Liam rarely snuggles anyone so this was a moment worth capturing. So cute!

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It was a super rainy morning so we tried to keep busy inside and watched more of the Olympics while we waited for the weather to clear. It worked out pretty nice because Liam was able to stay on schedule and get his nap in before we had plans to leave the house.

Once Liam was awake we decided to go to Timbavati Wildlife Park. This was the perfect activity for Liam. There were so many animals for him to see.

There was an adorable baby monkey. Liam liked the monkeys because they moved the most. They were fun to watch.

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There was also a parakeet enclosure where you could feed the parakeets. There were so many of them and they were so pretty. Liam was very entertained by all the birds but after about 5-10 minutes he had enough and was ready to move on.

They had pig races too so we decided to go watch that. It was a slow race and the lady had to encourage the pigs to move. However, the pig I chose, Sw-einstein, won the race.

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After the race we went to see the giraffes, kangaroos, and turtles. The giraffes were super close and they scared Liam.

This was a super fun family event. We weren’t super impressed with the park and the size of the enclosures but it was a good activity to get us out of the house and entertain Liam.

There was a candy shoppe by the park so we stopped there and got a few treats while Liam played on one of the carousel horses with Sherrie.

Then we decided to go mini golfing. We started at the little park they had there so Liam could get some play time in. He enjoyed it very much.

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Then the men mini golfed while the women watched.

I was able to get some cute pictures of Liam. He learned how to blow kisses this weekend and it is about the cutest thing ever!

Joe let me shoot the last 2 shots for him while he held Liam. It was fun!

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Then we headed downtown again and back to MACS. This time I got the taco mac, Joe got the hangover mac, my mom got chipotle mac, Sherrie got cheeseburger mac, and my dad got mama’s mac. My taco mac was really good. The cheeseburger mac was good as well but not what I was expecting. Joe and I both agreed that my dad’s mama’s mac was really good too and maybe one of the best ones there if you are looking for a simple mac and cheese dish.

We walked downtown a little bit more after and then the women and Liam headed back to give Liam a bath and to bed again.

Joe, my dad, and my twin cousins Riley and Andrew went to do a Zombie outbreak and go-karts after dinner. At Zombie outbreak they have to “kill” the zombies and I guess it is pretty scary. They had a lot of fun.

SATURDAY

The night it rained again and was a little rainy in the morning. After more coffee and more donuts, my dad and Joe went to mini golf again while we tried to decide what to do for the day.

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We ended up deciding to go to the outlet mall. It was huge and there were so many stores. I ended up spending most of my time in Old Navy and Nike. It was a lot of fun and Liam was a trooper.

Once we got home we decided to play croquet. We weren’t entirely sure of the rules but had fun playing none the less!

Liam woke up from his nap to watch us play and eat a snack. He looks so grown up!

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We decided to make dinner this evening instead of going out which was a good choice. We had burgers and they were just what we all needed.

We played with Liam after dinner then it was bed time for him.

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My dad and Joe decided to go mini golfing again while my mom, Sherrie, and I stayed back to relax and watch more Olympics.

SUNDAY

We had planned to leave around 10 or 12 but Liam had other plans. He woke up quite crabby. We ended up leaving around 8:30 and Liam slept the whole 3 hours home. He was a tired boy after such a busy weekend.

We spent the majority of our day relaxing and settling back in to life at home.

We did visit our friends Colin and Emily for a few minutes since they won’t be able to make Liam’s birthday party. It was great to see them.

Then it was bath time for Liam, bed time for Liam, and House of Cards for me and Joe.

We headed to bed pretty early to get some rest before Monday!

We are so thankful for such a fun and long weekend in the Dells! Thank you to Sherrie for hosting us! We are so happy to have been able to spend time with you!

Have a great week everyone!

 

Banana Oatmeal Muffins for Baby

When Liam first started eating solids I had a hard time thinking of different foods to give him. When I found this recipe I was super excited because it is healthy, easy, quick and perfect for baby!

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Liam loved them so much! He couldn’t get enough. I try to make them any chance I get ripe bananas now.

Banana Oatmeal Blender Muffins for Baby
makes 9-12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup breast milk or formula

Directions

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. blend all ingredients in a high powered blender
  3. line muffin pan with cupcake lines or coat lightly with coconut oil
  4. pour muffin batter into muffin pan
  5. bake 10-12 minutes
  6. allow to cool completely before serving
  7. store extra muffins in an air-tight container in the refrigerator or freeze for future use

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I used cupcake liners when baking these muffins. Some of the batter did stick to the liner¬†so it may be worth it to try coating the pan with coconut oil instead. I didn’t freeze any because Liam would go through them pretty quickly. Also when I made this recipe the first time it made 9 and the muffins were decent size however I wanted them a little smaller so I split it into 12 the next time and that was perfect for Liam.

Also I did cut them into bite size pieces for him. It was easier for him to eat it when it was cut up.

I hope your baby enjoys these muffins as much as Liam did and does!