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11 Months of Hadley



Literally the best I could do for the monthly photo shoot, haha. 

Month ELEVEN! The final month of her first year, holy craziness. I won't lie, this was kind of a tough month for me/both of us. It's like Hads woke up one morning and discovered all the bad things in our house (for her) and wanted to cause all the trouble. She went from army crawling to hands/knees crawling overnight and once that happened, there was no more nicely sitting and playing with her toys. Oh no- the new favored activities included climbing on the dog and yanking his hair out (he loves that), pulling over standing lamps, completely unloading kitchen cupboards in record amounts of time, and climbing the stairs (omg). And when I try to tell her nicely no, not to do these things? All the tears! 

Luckily that stage/phase/terror time only lasted a couple weeks and she got over all of these new 'discoveries'. Well besides the stairs. That's continuing to be a fave and now can get all the way to the top by herself (terrifying)!

I can't even believe how big she's getting. And all of her hair that's coming in! I can tuck it behind her ears now and it's the cutest thing (and makes her look so old). I love it and cannot wait for the day we can pull it back into a little pony! She's still rocking her 6-12 month clothes but starting to grow out of them. And oh how sad that will be because girlfriends wardrobe is so good right now. Extremely jealous of it.

Not much has changed in the speaking/sleeping/eating department since last month. Still saying her few favorite words, although 'dog' is thrown in there now! She freaks out when we're out and about and sees a pup. Squealing, pointing, bouncing around. Pretty much what I do too when I see a dog. She's still taking two naps and sleeping from 730-630. Still doing great with food and eats all the things. We discovered that beef is a big fave which is funny because I never really liked any red meat until I was pregnant with her. She also goes nuts for pretty much any fruit, especially watermelon and orange slices!

Her other new serious love is reading books. SHE LOVES BOOKS. It's pretty much the only way to get her to sit still and she really will just sit for a while with me and read. Her handing me books might be the cutest thing ever - and she will totally throw a fit if I don't come read it to her righthatverysecond

We did lots of fun stuff this past month, but Memorial Day weekend really proved to me what a big girl she is now. We were on the GO (still working on a recap, better late than never?!) and Hadley did awesome. It was okay to push back naps or stay up late or be going nonstop. She is truly growing up and we couldn't be more proud of the little lady she's becoming! 

I hate to even bring this up because I want to keep these recaps happy and positive for her, but it also wouldn't be telling the true story not to. This month was rough for me. I don't know if it's her new busyness exhausting me, my annoying sinus stuff wearing me down, or even some sort of crazy hormones, but I've felt in a funk lately. Staying home and not working can be hard for me somedays. Harder than I ever thought it would be. Sometimes I just feel like I never get a break. Which is partly my fault. While Nick has been working late/long hours lately, I'm also guilty of not taking advantage of the willing and seriously loving babysitters we have. And sometimes I just feel totally cooped up from the real world and living in baby world. I know I'm not alone, and I need to make (somehow find?) more time for my hobbies. I'd love to start a little small baby shop to have something for myself, but it's like when?! How in the world would I do that?! Anyway, I have no idea what the point of this rambling paragraph was, but I'm just hoping I'm not alone in this. If anyone has any ideas of how to magically make more time appear in the day or how to let myself relax when it comes to utilizing others watching my child and not feeling guilty about it, you just let me know ;)

Hard to believe we only have ONE of these recaps left to do! We're deep into first birthday party planning and while I'm so excited, I'm also so emotional. Only 3 weeks until the big day! We love you Hadley girl. SO MUCH. xo

17 comments

  1. Can we talk about your photo skills with the new camera?! So so good! And Hadley is the cutest, and that hair is amazing!!!

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  2. Ahh I can't believe it's so close to her being a YEAR OLD!! And can we talk about how she looks like a freaking teenager in these pictures? I just can't. Make our babies stop growing!! Totally feel you on the mom thing, girl. It's so hard!! I had to stop myself from quitting my job about 3420394x last month because I was like "I just can not do this." But now it's all calmed down and quiet and I'm only working three days a week this summer. All that to say, it's just a hard season and it will pass!! Hang in there, mama <3

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  3. Girl, you aren't alone! Being a mom is hard is an of itself and staying at home and being isolated can be downright exhausting and depressing sometimes. You're doing a great job, and Hadley is just precious!

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  4. Our girls are getting so big so fast. It's incredibly bittersweet. I can only imagine how rough being a SAHM can be sometimes but just know that you're not alone in the feeling overwhelmed. I personally have really been struggling with trying to make myself feel like I'm giving enough of myself to my husband and to Brynn with working FT and my bow shop. It's all possible but just takes some rearranging of priorities. Please reach out if you need someone to vent to because having a long distance friend who isn't friends with my social circles has done wonders for my soul!

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  5. I can't believe that she's already almost 1!! Take advantage of those babysitters girlfriend!!

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  6. So close to 1, no way. Miss Hadley is growing up so lovely, well minus pulling everything down, right? haha.

    I'm not a mom so these are just suggestions or thoughts from a friend. I'd definily use the awesome baby sitters and do a monthly date night with Nick and then plan a weekly outing for you. Or, a weekly quiet time for you where Nick takes Hadley out or watches her for an hour or so. I've heard from other moms the things you feel so don't discount them. The shop sounds like a great idea, maybe reach out to Jess of The Newly for tips.

    Love you!

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  7. Awwwww sweet girl. I can't believe she is almost a year! Take advantages of those willing babysitters or maybe try some workout classes? Sometimes just getting out of the house with a good sweat is enough to get me in a better mood.

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  8. That hair! It seriously kills me. I can't believe she's almost a year old already. It sounds like you had a busy (but a little trying) month. I give you credit for being honest about your own feelings - I think it takes a while to find a balance between being a mom and still your own person. Obviously I don't have kids yet, but I can understand/relate to how isolating it is to be at home all day. I'm always here if you want to talk! BUT you obviously are doing a great job with your little girl so hopefully that makes the hard days a little easier. :)

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  9. Oh my goodness! How is she already almost a year!? Sending all the hugs, and take advantage of those babysitters even if it's just to go out and get a pedicure or patrol Target solo. I so envy those of you who can home with your babies, because it kills me each and every single day to have to drop off Serena at daycare. Especially today after a wonderful weekend with her, and she's teething and miserable. I so needed to just be home with her today, and give her all the snuggles. Babies need their mommies, sending more *hugs* sweet friend <3
    Green Fashionista

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  10. Keep that love of books going for her... it will pay down the road.
    I just cant believe she's nearing that 1 year mark. Amazing.
    I love the sticker on the back... that is exactly documenting her life on the go right now.

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  11. That hair...love!!! I think finding a hobby or business you enjoy doing that you can have a set babysitter for a few times a week sounds like it would be great for you! Not too much time away but enough to get a mental break and focus on yourself! I'm not a mom and can only imagine the guilt but I think it would make you an even better mom because you would feel more relaxed and happy!

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  12. Why am I still in denial our babies are this close to being ONE! She is simply adorable!! That last pic of her standing up in her crib with pjs needs to be blown up and framed somewhere in your house! I totally get what you're feeling mama... And that is part (well, mostly) the reason I decided to start working part time again. I just needed a little break and 'me' time even if it's still work. I feel like I'm using a different side of my brain and I can just SIT at my computer which, as you know, doesn't happen at this stage/age of babies! I would also suggest looking into if some of your local churches offer a 'moms day out' program? Usually you can drop them off for a half day or a few hours so you can just have some 'me' time to get things done or just wander around target by yourself! Anyway you can get that 'me' time in, even if it's just a few hours a week, is totally a game changer! You are super mom!!

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  13. 11 months?? How???? Look at her luscious locks just growing away!!! I am learning more and more how hard it is to get the kiddos to stay till to take photos as they get more mobile. I always get sad when it is time to move up a clothing size too. They grow so fast. I totally get how you feel about never really getting a break. The only time I spend away from Zoe is when I am at work, and I would much rather just see her all the time than to go in to the office!!! You should definitely get a babysitter for just a few hours though and have some you time. It would be good for both of you. Love that she is super in to books. I always enjoy reading their little books too. They are usually so sweet. Cant wait to see pictures from her birthday party!

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  14. Aww she's so cute and has so much hair! Jealous ;) Have fun planning the birthday party!

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  15. She is seriously perfect! Such a gorgeous baby girl! I can totally understand your funk. I am so thankful my job let me come back 3 days a week. Some days I feel so guilty when I'm at work and I'm worried she's going to forget about me (ridiculous right?) then some days when I'm home I'm so thankful to be working and not staying home full time. There are definitely pros and cons with all situations. Use those babysitters and take care of yourself! You have to feel happy and like yourself to be the best mom to Hadley!

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  16. This year has flown by and she is so adorable! She sounds like the best baby ever! I know exactly how you are feeling and it is totally normal! It's how I started blogging in the first place! It helped me interact with moms in the same situation and meet some near me, and gave me an outlet. I also went back and did my post graduate degree at a school with a flexible online program so I felt like I was furthering my career without working at the time. But it can be so lonely and get you down when you are in the baby world 24/7. If you ever need to talk, I am here!

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  17. She is SO CUTE! Can't believe she is almost a year old!! I just had my little girl two weeks ago and I already feel like she is changing so much and I'm trying to soak up every moment cuz I know it goes so fast! xx

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