I Had the Best of Intentions

I had every intention of getting two blog posts written this weekend…but that obviously hasn’t happened. One involved cloth diapers, and my tester/model was uncooperative. The other was a DIY that I didn’t have all of the supplies for. (Look for those coming soon, though!)

Instead, we spent the weekend jumping in bounce houses at little man’s cousins joint 2nd and 4th birthday party, and other boring stuff (grocery shopping, blah blah blah).

bounce house

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

Hey, 17 year old me! You are an IDIOT!

Have you ever heard Brad Paisley’s song, “Letter to Me”?

If I could write a letter to me
And send it back in time to myself at 17

I figure there is no better time to reflect on my past than the week I turn the big 3-0. (Yeah, I’m older than you thought, huh?)

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First Birthday Party SUCCESS!

Sorry for being MIA lately, but yesterday was my son’s first birthday party.  Planning this thing has been all-consuming…much more than it should have been, of course.  (Remember the panic attack I had a few weeks ago?)  But we survived.  And it was GREAT!  And I’ll never do that again.  (I may or may not have already set a date and put a deposit down at a place for next year…lol)

Now, onto what you really came to see…pictures.  This is not the photobomb you were probably expecting, but there were 150+ pictures, and I had to select carefully…enjoy!


Cupcakes and door wreath from Handy Husband-Crafty Wife

“I’m ONE” monkey shirt from Etsy seller Snuggle Bear Boutique

Invitation from Etsy seller Perfectly Inviting

My August Baby – 12 MONTHS!

Baby Boy –

You are one year old! It seems like just yesterday that you were born! You were the prettiest baby in the nursery. (That’s not a typical mom brag, the nurses even said so!!) I will never forget the first time I held you in my arms…so tiny, so sweet…

In contrast, you are no longer “tiny”. You are still sweet, though our snuggle sessions are a thing of the past (unless you are REALLY tired, or sick). You are constantly on the move. Walking, and attempting to run. Sometimes, I imagine you saying “that’s for BABIES” in reference to crawling, like that girl in the Cheerios commercial.

You are such an amazing child, and I can not imagine my life without you. I can’t wait to see what the toddler years have in store. Thank you for picking me to be your mommy!

I love you so much!

Current stats:

weight: 23 lbs. 14.5 oz.
height: 30 inches

Pants: 12 months
Shirts/Onesies: 12-18 months
Shoes: Size 4
Diapers: Size 3 or 4
Teeth: 6 (3 on top, 3 on bottom)

Likes – Cheese, beans, chicken, spinach, pears, applesauce
Dislikes – Pineapple


12 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Imitates others’ activities – Yep!
  • Indicates wants with gestures – He waves his hands around when he’s done eating (the sign for “all done”), and he points to things occasionally. 

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Takes a few steps – Definitely!
  • Says one word besides “mama” or “dada” – He says “No” sometimes.

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Walks alone – He walks across rooms by himself! 
  • Scribbles with a crayon – We haven’t tried this yet.
  • Says two words besides “mama” or “dada” – He says syllables that sound like words, but nothing obvious.  He can sign “eat”, “all done”, and “milk”.


See all of his first year:

Birth / One Month / Two Months / Three Months / Four Months / Five Months / Six Months / Seven Months / Eight Months / Nine Months / Ten Months / Eleven Months



Why first birthdays & weddings are strikingly similar…

Who knew that planning a first birthday party would give me flashbacks to planning my wedding? At least with that, I had over a year to plan! I have 3.5 weeks left to get this party together…and there is still so much to do!

First of all, you know those girls that say “Oh, I wish Etsy and Pinterest had been around when I was planning my wedding! There are so many great ideas there!” I am not one of those girls. I love both of those sites, but OMG they are so overwhelming. Last night, I was searching for a first birthday shirt with a monkey on it for *Hunter* to wear. The search came back with 23890283102 results, so I sat there on my iPad looking at EACH AND EVERY ONE. And of course, the one I finally decided to splurge on ($30 for a shirt he’ll wear once?!), the seller can’t have it ready for me in time for his party. Blerg!

Secondly, the guest list. Why do I feel obligated to invite so many people?! This party will be at my house. There is not a lot of room. But so-and-so invited me to her daughter’s birthday party, and these 10 people came to my baby shower. Then, five other people asked me what the kid wants for his birthday. You obviously care about my son enough to buy him a gift, so now I HAVE to invite you! This is the point my husband will step in and say, “No. X number of people. That’s plenty.” And I will cry as I try to figure out who to cut, and pray they don’t ask me why they weren’t invited… (I knew I should have stuck with my “family and godparents only” policy!)

Then, there’s the decorations, food, party favors…*headdesk*

(Serves me right for laughing at my friends who started planning their kids first birthdays six months in advance!)

First birthday party planning

With *Hunter*’s first birthday fast approaching, it’s about time I sat down and hashed out some details.

Despite the fact that it’s going to be a small party (immediate family, *Hunter*’s godfather, and possibly a couple of friends), I’m still feeling slightly overwhelmed and disorganized. The big stuff has already been decided (date, time, place), but I need a checklist to make sure I don’t miss any of the little things (oh, y’all were expecting cake?!)

Luckily, Google saved the day (seriously, what did we ever do without the Internet?) I found the checklist below at First Birthday Fun, and it looks as though I’m actually ahead on the planning. (The party is 7 weeks away.)

4-6 weeks before party Choose a theme with your child. Visit our Themes page for a list of ideas.
Select date and time for party.
Choose location for party and make reservations, if necessary.
Develop the guest list (family, friends, neighbors, etc).
Develop party agenda (example: 1-1:30 arrivals & free play, 1:30-2:15 games and entertainment, 2:15-2:30 refreshments, 2:30-3:00 present opening, favor distribution, and free play).
Book entertainment and rentals, if any.
3-4 weeks before Make or purchase invitations.
Mail invitations 2 1/2 weeks before party
Plan games and activities
2 weeks before Purchase party supplies (decorationsfavorsgames & activities). Purchase enough for siblings and a few other extra guests. See our Shopping List for help.
Plan menu and make grocery shopping list. See our Fun Party Food and Shopping List for ideas.
Arrange for help. Identify family members and friends who can help set-up/clean-up, prepare and serve food, and coordinate games and activities.
1 week before Gather up tables, chairs, toys, coolers, serving dishes, and other supplies you’ll be using at the party.
Follow-up with the invited guests who have not yet RSVP’d to determine final guest count.
Order cake & balloons.
Prepare any foods that can be frozen for the following week.
2-3 days before Charge video camera battery and make sure cameras are working.
Do grocery shopping. See our Shopping List.
Get cash or make out checks for any paid helpers.
Prepare favor bags.
Day before Prepare remaining food, including cake or cupcakes if making these.
Clean and child proof party area.
Party Day! Finish last minute food preparation.
Pick up cake and balloons
Set-up and decorate party area
Set-up games
Have fun!
Do minimum level of clean-up.
2-3 days after Finish cleanup/put-away.
Send thank you notes for gifts. Don’t forget to send thank you notes to your helpers.
Get film developed and send pictures to distant relatives, put one on fridge, save some for scrap book.


So, focusing on the current tasks!

4-6 weeks before party

  • Choose a theme with your child. – Jungle theme
  • Select date and time for party. – Done
  • Choose location for party and make reservations, if necessary. – Done
  • Develop the guest list (family, friends, neighbors, etc). – Done
  • Develop party agenda (example: 1-1:30 arrivals & free play, 1:30-2:15 games and entertainment, 2:15-2:30 refreshments, 2:30-3:00 present opening, favor distribution, and free play). – We’ll have a vague agenda, but it will mostly be eating and chatting, with some cake and presents in between.
  • Book entertainment and rentals, if any. – N/A
Now on to Pinterest for some decoration and cake ideas!  (image below is a link)


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