Monday, December 20, 2021

Laney in ONEderland | First Birthday Party

Our baby, Delaney Jane, turned one this month! We hosted a beautiful birthday party for our family to celebrate to occasion! Laney's big sister, Piper, had been watching Alice in Wonderland almost on repeat in the weeks leading up to Laney turning one. That was the inspiration for the theme "Laney in ONEderland".

Since we were hosting the party at our home, we invited Delaney's grandparents, aunts and uncles to celebrate with us. We kept the menu really simple for the gathering. We made ravioli and meatballs with a side salad and cupcakes for dessert! My nana made the cutest and most delicious mini cheesecakes as a special treat, as well!

Laney's smash cake was strawberry flavored and while she really enjoyed smashing it with her hands, I'm not sure how much she liked the taste of it, as you can tell from this photo!

Here are a few other pictures from the evening!

We had a wonderful time celebrating Laney's first birthday! She is such a blessing to our family and others. I can't believe it's already been one year since we welcomed her into our lives. Her arrival was covered in prayer by everyone who loves us. In the days surrounding her birth, we experienced a deep sense of peace that can only be described as the very near presence of God. Her birthday was celebrated as a reminder of God's faithfulness, goodness, and love! 

Delaney is our double rainbow baby after two consecutive losses. Praise be to God, our sweet Laney is one! We thank Him for her each and every day!

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Delaney Jane: Twelve Months

Delaney is 12 months old! She is officially 1! I forgot what a joy it is to have a one year old. I also forgot how busy 1 year olds can be! Delaney started walking at 11 months old and over the past month she sure has mastered it! Delaney is a walker and she is fast!

Delaney recently started saying "hi" in the sweetest little sing-song voice and I love it! This girl gets her face smooshed with kisses quite often because she is just so stinking cute!

Laney's schedule at 12 months old mostly looks like this:

  • 4am bottle
  • 6am wake up
  • 8am bottle + breakfast
  • 9/10am nap
  • 12/1pm wake up
  • 1pm bottle + lunch
  • 4pm bottle + dinner
  • 6pm bath time
  • 7pm bed time

Delaney loves being silly. She loves tickles and wrestling around with all of us on the floor. She is very much a climber and somewhat fearless. She loves to dance anytime she hears music, and sings along in her own way. She loves to play peek-a-boo. She loves to roam and explore things on her own. She also loves to be held a lot lately. We are not complaining one bit about that!

Little Laney completes our family in the way God knew we needed. We love this little one so much!

We held her first birthday party on her birthday (12/4). It was just us and a bunch of immediate family. I hope to share some pictures from her party here, soon.

Monday, December 13, 2021

*NEW* VIDEO: 5 Month Weight-Loss Update

It's been a while since I've filmed a weight-loss update. Here's an update of how months 4 and 5 went for me, as well as an overall weight-loss update for the year thus far. 

I am so happy to be ending the year where I'm at, and I'm hopeful for where I'll continue to go in the new year!

Friday, December 10, 2021

Intentional Reorganization

It’s mid-December and I wanted to check in about a few things. I don’t know about you, but for us the later half of this year has felt like it has gone by in super speed. Delaney is 1 now (update on that coming soon) and I feel a little dizzy about where all of our time went these past few months.

As I reflect, I’m realizing things have felt extra busy ever since school started back in September. We were just starting to get into a new family routine and then COVID hit our home in October, the seasons changed, the holidays hit and then we had a first birthday to plan. 

Now Laney’s first birthday party has come and gone, but we’re still in the middle of holiday season, and I have Piper’s birthday that needs planned next. We are quite possibly at the peak of our household’s general feeling of “busy” and I’m feeling like enough is enough. 

I feel a great need to figure out a way to get my daily chores and motherly duties done (and done well), plus all of the extra things of the season done, plus figure out a way to keep my health and wellness a priority. Does this sound familiar to you? Maybe you’re feeling this way, too?

In general, I have been feeling very unbalanced and reactive these past few months. Reactive in that if something new pops up, I drop everything and attend to that new thing instead of giving it the proper place on my to-do list. As a result, I feel like I haven’t been doing much with great intention, which is important to me. I feel like my head is just barely above the water most days. I also feel like there is no good reason I should be feeling this way. I don’t know what the true answer to fixing this feeling is but, I think there is some hope to be found in reprioritizing our schedule and routine. So, that’s what I am going to be working on this week.

My biggest priorities for myself are going to be making sure I get my devotional and time with God in each day, and; taking good care of myself by drinking enough water, eating good food and moving my body more. 

When things feel really busy and out of control, one of the first things we tend to cut out of the schedule is self care and I’ve learned that is absolutely not the answer. Which is why I went and got my hair done this week, amidst the craziness of our schedule.

I am also going to be working on developing a new daily routine for our family. I know it will all be changing for a bit during holiday break, but that’s no reason not to start a new routine now. We need more solid routines for “before school”, “daytime at home”, and “after school/nighttime”. We have so many things that need to happen during each of those times. I think creating a better routine will make it all go more smoothly and will help us take back some time that might feel lost these days.

For instance, I feel as if I’m never caught up enough on things that need done during the day to be able to fit in time to write a new blog post and maybe that’s because this is the season where I need to write my blog posts at night. Sometimes we get stuck in old rhythms and routine that aren’t serving our present reality. Instead of giving up on certain things completely, maybe some intentional reorganization might be all that’s needed to get things functioning well again. That’s what I’ll be working on developing more this week!

With all that said, if you feel a little unbalanced this time of year, I think it’s a sign of the change in season, and I’m not just talking about the weather/holidays. For us, our season change has also come with a newly 1 year old that is very busy discovering new things and transitioning to only 1 nap/day. Some intentional reorganization of routines and schedules may help with any type of change in season. I’m hoping it’ll help us, soon.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Thanksgiving Break Recap + Festival of the Trees | 2021

Hello! I almost wanted to say, "Hello and happy Monday!" but it's not Monday. It's Tuesday, even better!

I think it feels like a Monday because this is the first day since Thanksgiving break started where Piper is back to school, and we're all back to our usual routines. I woke up ready to be productive today, and I'd say it's truly happening because I am caught up with my list enough to sit down and type out this quick blog post before noon!

I started working on getting back on track with my water intake and tracking my nutrition yesterday. It definitely helped me feel less bloated and icky from all of the Thanksgiving food and treats that just seemed to linger on all throughout the weekend. I am up a couple pounds on the scale but, I'm not worried about that one bit. I know it will go away as soon as I get a few days of being back on track under my belt.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, we had a really nice and relaxing holiday. I didn't take many pictures on Thanksgiving day and so I'll just have to share how wonderful it was in words. After we woke up, Piper and I put on our aprons and cooked our entire breakfast together while Nick played with Delaney. Those moments together in the kitchen were truly special. 

While Delaney napped, we watched some of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Then, we grabbed our chocolate cool whip cookies and headed over to my moms for lunch. 

It was a small and relaxed gathering. We stayed for a few hours before going home to snuggle on the couch and watch Christmas movies.

Over the weekend, we went to the Festival of Trees event. It was so beautiful and we were happy to find there was a lot for Piper to do while we were there. We got to visit with real reindeer, write a card to Santa, ride around on a train, get a stuffed animal checked at the clinic and meet with Santa! Delaney did not want to get too close to Santa but Piper was very excited to chat with him!

It snowed enough this weekend for Piper and Nick to go sled riding with some friends. It is finally starting to feel like Christmas isn't too far off, now. We began to decorate the house and will do even more decorating for Christmas after we host Delaney's first birthday party this weekend!

I have a lot of prep to do for Laney's birthday party on Saturday and so if you don't hear from me until next week, that would be why! In the meantime, I'm going to try to keep focusing on my health goals as best I can. I find during the busy times like this self care (like sticking to my goals, feeding myself healthy foods, drinking enough water) is more important than ever! 

Make sure to take some time to treat yourself well this week. See you back here, soon!

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Delaney Jane: Eleven Months

This is it. The last monthly update before my last baby turns one. If I'm being honest, this one is the most bittersweet of them all.

Delaney is growing so quickly! She started walking at 11 months and she's so proud of herself when she does. We are pretty proud of her, too!

She has 5 teeth right now and we're guessing her 6th tooth will break through before she's officially twelve months old. She points at the light when we say "light" and points to the dogs when we say "dog". We haven't gotten to repeating those words yet. She currently says "dada", "mama" (sparingly) and "dis" for "this" (and everything is "this"). Her voice is so sweet to hear.

Delaney just recently went through a nap transition. Up until 11 months old, she taking two shorter naps but has lately been taking one long nap, usually from 9:30-12:30. Here is what her schedule has looked like since daylight savings time.

6:30am - wake up
7:00am - bottle
8:00am - breakfast
9:30am - nap
12:30pm - wake up
12:45pm - bottle
1:00pm - lunch
4:00pm - bottle
5:00pm - dinner
6:00pm - bath
6:30pm -bottle
7:00pm - bedtime

She still wakes up 1 - 2 times each night.

Here are some more recent pictures of Laney.

Delaney Jane, we are so grateful for you. We have loved getting to know you all of these months. It has been so exciting to see you grow and learn more every day! You are so sweet and cuddly. You give the best hugs. Your smile is so bright and heart warming. You are such a joy. We love you so much!