HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It’s been a busy time for us. I’ve been editing my last batch of photos from shoots I did this year. It’s been a fun year but I’ve decided to officially sell the camera and get back to working out and just being with my family. My goal this year is to be on the computer/ electronics less and spend more one on one time with my family away from certain devices. We’ll see how that goes. It’s kinda nice to unplug sometimes. Snuggles are really amazing when you don’t have a phone in your hand.
My sweet girl has a lot of personality. She’s really excited about every tiny thing. She’s started screetching when excited. It’s not my favorite thing but I’m just enjoying her wonder.
Christmas Eve Jay got off work early and we drove up to Sunflower to have a little fun in the snow. We bundled the girl up and went about on our adventure. We then went back to the condo, lit a fire, and waited for the ball to drop AZ time. We toasted with sparkling cider… even Arabella got in with her sippy cup. We gave her some very watered down cider. But she seemed to enjoy it.
We rang in the new year with kisses to go around. Then we spent a little time together just hanging out as a family. These days things are pretty low key. They aren’t by any means perfect but life isn’t bad by any means.
Our little one is now walking full speed, terrorizing the cat, and into everything… even things I didn’t know existed. And paper has become my worst enemy. She thinks all paper is some kind of snack So we have to constantly police the place. She’s our little Dilopho-Raptor. Yes we did create a hybrid dinosaur. She sounds so cute but BAM… can be distructacon in no time flat. I think by the time she is 18 we’ll have written our own dictionary based on her mad skills.
Her love for beeping the nose has progressed daily and now she likes to beep her toys noses and the cats nose (Jake does not appreciate this). She still hates wearing socks or shoes or tights or anything that covers her feet. She also recently has started hating hats and bows :/ I knew it wouldn’t last long but I still force her to wear them.
She can say several words now: mama, dada, car, tree, num num, yeah, clap, and a few others that I can’t remember. It’s exciting to see her grow but it’s sad at the same time. The other day I got out her outfit from the hospital and could hardly believe how tiny she was just 10 months ago. She is looking less and less like a baby every day and more and more like a toddler. It’s crazy. Now she’s so independent, wants to do everything all by herself, and has a HUGE personality. There is no mistaking that she is her own tiny little person. <3
Well it’s tantrum time so I better run
Our First Christmas as a Family was fun and eventful. Christmas Eve we went to candlelight service at our Church and then headed back home to open stockings and get ready for Christmas Moring. In the morning we had breakfast and opened up presents. I think Arabella was a bit overwhelmed. Christmas Day I made dinner and we headed up to flagstaff to play in the snow. This season we went and saw a ton of different lights everywhere from Phoenix, Palm Springs, Long Beach, and Santa Clarita. We tried to catch Santa a few times but we always seemed to miss him. On the 27th our little Peanut turned 10 months! Anyway here are a ton of photos from this month! Sorry if there are any repeats and unfortunately none of them are really in order. I’m trying to do this quickly during nap time. Serves me right for only doing one post this month :/
Sending Love from our Pack to Yours <3
I would say that most days I enjoy parenting. I love my daughter so much more than I could ever express in words. Some days she’s hilarious and makes me laugh like crazy. Other days she makes me want to pull my hair out. She is such a little explorer/ mad scientist/ couture baby princess/ you name it.
Today has been one of those comic strip kind of days… you know the ones you see in the sunday paper with the mom holding a naked baby while standing a a puddle of what is presumably pee. Yes. My dear daughter has learned how too take off her diaper. While I was on the phone with the bank she decided it was a good time to take off her diaper, pee on our tile floor, and then smear it all over. I unknowingly stepped in in trying to catch my nakey baby… luckily she is a slow walker. Well I strapped a diaper back on her and grabbed a towel only to come back to her out of her diaper again and peeing in a different spot… how does she even have that much in her?!?! But this time she decided to sit in it :/ so now she needs a shower and an outfit that is impossible to get out of… those sleepers just wont do. A onesie, a pair of leggings, and possibly some boots might do the trick… I hope.
Not all days are like this. Today I’m a little slower than usual because I seem to have caught some kind of chest cold. I’m hoping Arabella doesn’t have it. She’s been coughing but I’m hoping she’s just mimicking me because she thinks it’s funny to do. She does that a lot these days in-between beeping my nose and trying to lick my cheek (What is up with this kid). Are all kids this weird
We had her 9 month check up on Friday. She’s a healthy little girl. Only 16lbs and 10 oz. She has 6 teeth and still enjoys eating sweet potatos. Most days she’s just her silly self dancing and chatting it up. She loves clapping her hands and “singing”. She loves listening to daddy sing too. She has some silly expressions.
This past weekend we went to church, some Christmas events, and drove around to see some Christmas lights. It’s been a fun adventure but now I feel like I need to get a little rest! eh I mean just kidding. I need to call the banks back, do some more packing, and feed the tiny minion!
She LOVES all the bright lights!
Yay Christmas Fun!