Liam’s Second Birthday Elmo Style

We celebrated Liam’s 2nd Birthday Saturday August 26th 2017. He had a great time opening presents, seeing his Elmo balloons, and eating his daddy’s Elmo cake.

We enjoyed the sunshine and Jimmy John’s subs while catching up with family. It was a relaxing time that was much needed.

Party Prepping

Daddy making the Elmo cake!

Making the goodies bags!

 

The Day of the party!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We enjoyed the day and thank you all who came and celebrated! Two years have gone by in a flash. We are excited to see what is to come with Liam’s 2nd year!

18 Months Toddler Update

Where has half a year gone?! It feels like last month we had Liam’s 1st Birthday party. This past few months have been a lot of new things and developments. Liam is growing into a toddler and less a baby. He has learned so much and his personality is showing more and more. These past six months accelerated his speech, abilities, and social skills! After the year mark life gets interesting, hard, fun, exciting, and challenging.

Developments

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Social

  • Liam started kissing on the mouth about a month ago. If Daddy or I pucker our lips and make the kissy noise after asking for a kiss Liam will kiss us on the lips.
  • He has started high fives recently.
  • He has officially starting to wave back properly or waves goodbye to his class.
  • Hugs and today he hugged me from behind as I was sitting on the ground.
  • Babbles while is reads a book with me as though he is reading it to me.
  • Hits quite often now but will be gentle after a few reminders.
  • Shows compassion when someone is hurt or sad.
  • Crying or showing signs of frustration when he doesn’t get his way.
  • Sharing with others even though he doesn’t quite understand that yet.
  • Takes turns throwing a ball with me.
  • He likes to pull us and tries to get us to stand up and has us follow him.
  • Holds hands while walking.

Communication

  • Can repeat almost clearly the words shoe, sock, tree, uh oh, no, dada, momma, and hat.
  • Sighs more, please, milk(this is new), all done without being asked! He can sometimes sign thank you when asked.
  • When he asks please he usually means for food. Today he did that and I got him a snack.
  • Says “uh oh” when he hits his head or drops something.
  • Can follow a few directions like “go build a tower”(gets blocks), “go get woody or Chaucer the Bear(gets those toys), “kisses”, “get a book”(gets a book), “clean up” (cleans) or “clean your face” after I hand him a wipe he will.
  • Sounds like he is “singing” The ABC Song.
  • Pretends to talk on the cellphone by holding is up to his ear and babbling.

Newer Intellectual or Cognitive Skills

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  • He can match colors, shapes, and pictures.
    • Examples:
      • we have a cute box of little books and they have matching pictures on the cardboard container that holds each little book and he can match them in the proper places.
      • Matches puzzle pieces.
      • He can match shapes on his shape car. He can almost match all of the shapes in the proper holes.
      • He can match the colors in his All Better book. The sticker bandaids can be placed back onto their colored spot in the book and he can match them by himself.
  • He can put away things back where he got them.
  • Remember familiar songs or parts of a book and react to them, in the same way, each time.

Newer Physical Developments

  • Has 4 new teeth(top pointy and bottom molars).

Fine Motor Skills

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  • Can use a spoon!
  • Can hold a pen almost correctly and pretends to write.
  • Grab small objects and place them into their proper places or containers.
  • Builds a tower with blocks or stacks toys.
  • Points at things.
  • Tries to blow air(watches me blow on his food).
  • Pushes anything that looks like an on button.
  • He tries to put on his socks and shoes. He also will bring over our shoes and knows who shoes are whose. He has tried putting my shoes on my feet or has tried putting on our shoes on his feet. It is just too cute.
  • He can put on hats.
  • Tries to put a key in our front door.

Play

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  • Liam likes to play ball.
  • LOVES to have Daddy or Uncle hold him up to the ceiling and tap it.
  • He has been obsessed with the lights and wants to have us turn it off and on. We even have him use the switch.
  • He loves anything that has a box or container so that he can take things out or put things in.
  • He likes to match things up like his puzzles or little books.
  • He likes to pretend he is talking on a phone.

Dislikes

  • Baths lately, but gets into it once he starts to splash around.
  • Being in the carseat.
  • Doesn’t care for cow’s milk.
  • Rice.
  • Getting his diaper changed; wiggles or screams.

Recent Behavior Developments

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Liam for the past month or two has been hitting at home more and at daycare. He does this when he gets something taken away or needs to be moved. Sometimes there isn’t a clear reason. At daycare he is doing this to the smaller ones. We have been working on this.

18 Month Old Ped Appointment

Height: 2′ 7.5″ (16%)

Weight: 22lbs 8 oz (24%)

BMI: 15.94 kg/m2

He is still a little guy and is great health. I thought he may have had a reaction to the Amoxicillin that he used, but when talking to his Ped, he did not. What I saw the day after using this medication back in February was a red mark shaped like a heart on his knee that went away after about a week. About a week after he was done with the meds, he has some light red spots on his chest and back, but went away fast. She is not convinced this was related and if so, was not to be concerned about it. *I am adding this for my own records.

Liam has grown so much lately into a toddler and less like the little baby we took home in 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motherhood and Guilt

I have been working on a few things within myself to better my relationships, marriage, and become more of a patient, gentle mother/wife.

I am…

  • very impatient
  • worry too much
  • rush things
  • complain
  • and irritable; especially when hungry or stressed.

I try to work these things everyday, however fall short quite often.

After I mess up, I feel like a horrible mom or wife. For example when I yelled at our 1 year old who is just tired and doesn’t mean to stress me out. I still feel so guilty for yelling and I am trying hard to make sure the situation is better next time. This time I forgot it was nap time and tried driving to a park. It was my fault.

Motherhood. Parenthood. It is hard! I am faced with my worse side more often than I wish to and the fact is that I am molding this little human which is quite terrifying and wonderful at the same time. Some days I have things all figured out. Some days I have things out of control. Change is hard, but the best things in life are worth working hard for. We have only been parents for a little over a year, however it is still extremely hard to think of someone else more often than myself. A small person needs so much attention, time, and love.

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When feeling an overwhelming amount guilt, it can be depressing. I remind myself to do better next time and plan accordingly. Dwelling only makes things worse and I will never be perfect. I can only brush myself off and move on.

There’s always a new day to try again!

Share your experiences and what you learned from it! What have you worked hard on within yourself?

 

Foraged Fields Review

Welcome to another Small Business Review. I love to try out natural and homemade products as you may notice. This brand appealed to me because of the logo and products offered. This kit was paid for on a discounted price, however this is my honest opinion of this shop.

Customer Service

My interaction with April was pleasant and she created this review kit. I love how quick she is to respond and her patience with me with getting this review up and running.

What is  Foraged Fields All About?

I started my shop because I love decadence. I have some amazing things in my life and I want to share them with everyone. Now I can!

I love everything natural and love learning about homesteading and going back to our roots. I want to help people slow down and appreciate the little things in life; like soft pants and doing things for yourself.

I started this shop to share natural and organic products that were hand made and not pumped out in a factory. I get my ingredients from local sources where possible and make sure that there is nothing fake in each product. It’s amazing how sensitive we all are but we just don’t know it. Going back to natural whole products and fibers can help change your life!

Products:

Blush

Her blush is plant-based and Organic. I like how smooth and soft this is. It is VERY subtle on the skin, but gives a nice little glow. If you are looking for more of a natural look then this is for you.

  • Materials: beets, arrowroot starch for lighter shades, french red clay for lighter shades
  • Ships worldwide

 

Powder Foundation

I am not a huge fan of powder foundation because it tends to cling onto dry patches or my little hairs. However, this is very soft and I like to use it over my under eye concealer to add more staying power and coverage. This softens the area up nicely.

  • Materials: Organic Arrowroot starch, Organic Bentonite Clay, Organic Rhassoul Clay

 

Natural ChapStick

This really hydrates my lips and smells nice. I love that it does not take long to warm up and glides on smoothly.

 

Natural Face Cream

I LOVE this product. It is amazing for the winter and although feels a little thick, it soaks in the skin nicely and your face is smooth and plump. I love to use this at night to have nice skin in the morning. It smells very nice as well.

  • Great for all skin types, including sensitive skin. SUPER hydrating and great to apply after a shower, before bed or throughout the day. Great for people who work outside and have painfully dry skin or people who just want to not have wrinkles in the future. Can be an excellent intensive night treatment. Testers have seen results after only one use!
  • Materials: coconut oil, jojoba oil, sunflower infused with calendula, shea butter, beeswax, maca, kelp, reishi mushrooms
Overall Experience

If I had to say which product to get out of these few I have tried grab the Face Cream! It also works well on my lips while I am also hydrating my face. A little goes a long way and it has amazing benefits. Check out April’s shop and let her know I sent you.

Places you find Foraged Fields:

Her Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ForagedFields?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ForagedFields/?hc_ref=SEARCH

-Kristina

Kloverbox Subscription Review

Today I will bring you Kloverbox, a green living subscription box. Their products range from skincare to People Towels. This box is perfect for anyone interested in green living and testing out brands/ products you may have never heard of.

Disclaimer: I was sent boxes for reviewing purposes for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

About Kloverbox

Kloverbox is an expertly curated monthly subscription box. We help you incorporate safe and effective products into every aspect of your life. Discover organic, natural and cruelty-free beauty, lifestyle, nutrition and healthy home brands. Choose a Monthly Subscription, a Three Month Subscription or a Six Month one-time purchase.

My Customer Service Experience

My interaction with Lora from Kloverbox has been very pleasant and she has been extremely patience with the timeframe of this review. She replies in a timely manner and very professional. I feel very comfortable contacting Kloverbox.

The Website

The website is very clean and easy to navigate. The logo is a cute clover which obviously goes with their clever name. The tabs are straight forward which eliminates any confusion. The website is very appealing and gives the natural feel you want in green living.

The Boxes

I have received three boxes thus far and every single one of them have been packaged perfectly. I love how each time I checked my mailbox they were a surprise.

  • The boxes have themes that curate products related to the theme.
  • Natural and biodegradable products
  • American made
  • A well balanced product selection
  • Product description and prices are included

Here is an example of what came in the recent boxes: Kloverbox Monthly

September 2016 Box


October 2016 Box


November 2016 Box

My Overall Thoughts on Kloverbox

I love what they pick in each box and how they have themes. This makes sure you have something different each month. I feel they have done a great job with the selection and is a great deal for the quality of products they send.

I love how this is a great way to get started in green living in not only in a beauty standpoint, but lifestyle. You can get introduced to so many things you may not have thought of.

I love how they went Green with their boxes.

Kloverbox has proudly teamed up with ECOENCLOSE  for our boxes!

Your Kloverbox will now be packed using eco-friendly materials in our ongoing effort to support sustainability. The box you are receiving every month is Recyclable, Recycled, Biodegradable, Renewable, Reuseable and Upcycled. Saving our forests has never been easier! EcoEnclose boxes are made from a mix of 95% post-consumer waste and 5% post-industrial waste. Absolutely NO new materials are used in the manufacturing of these ridiculously green shipping cartons. The crinkle paper (filler) is also made out of 100% recycled material.

For only $25 a month you can be sent amazing high quality green products to create a healthier and eco-friendly life. You also have other payment options.

I highly recommend this subscription for anyone who loves green living!

-Kristina

The Grieving Stages of a Former Stay at Home Mom

The transition from being home with your child all day, everyday, to working full time without seeing them is not only hard and tiring, but sad. Separation anxiety and missing your child is so strong! The routine goes from always tending to your child to giving them to other people for the whole day without knowing everything that goes on. And that is scary and heartbreaking to an anxious person.

These are the mental stages a mother can go through when transitioning into a working mom:

1: The First Day

This is surprisingly not the hardest day. However, your child will be on your mind all day and when they cry when you pick them up makes you sad. You do get somewhat distracted by the new job.

2: The First Night

You dread having to go back and cry because you will miss them so much.

3: The Second Day

This is hardest day because you know how the day will feel and your child is still confused why they are being left even if though they are distracted by the toys when you drop them off.

4: The First Full Week

The last day of the week your child is done being there. You may see more crying than the first day. It will make you cry in the bathroom before you start work.

5: The Second Week

You feel a lot better this week and can focus on your job. Your child has adapted fairly well to the routine. There are little tears now and then, but a lot of progress has been made for both parties.

6: The Constant Reminder That You Don’t See Everything Anymore

You have to accept that you no longer get to see everything your child learns or does for the first time or see their development first hand. This makes you sad.

7: Acceptance

You are confident in his caregivers and know that at this time you are doing what is best for your family. You know your child is learning a lot, gaining social skills, and having fun. Someday you will be able to be home with your child/children again and in the meantime enjoy life.

 

A Mother’s Pumpkin Patch Reflections

This year during our family time at the Thomasson Family Farm I was thrown into a whirl wind of emotions and memories of the past year. We came to this very same farm last year when Liam was almost 2 months old. I remember seeing all of the activities he would be able to do once he got older. This year I experienced joy as our little boy enjoyed himself on the farm. As cliche as it sounds, this past year has gone by way too fast!

Pumpkin Patch Fun a Year Later

Pumpkin Patch 2015 and 2016

Before/Now

Reflecting over the year I think of all of the challenging and amazing moments as a mother.

  • I remember the long, tiresome nights with tears and hair pulling.
  • I remember the snuggles in bed.
  • I remember the first time Liam crawled.
  • I remember the first time he said momma.
  • I remember the insecurities and the guilt for dreading the nights or the feedings.
  • I remember all of the family moments going on adventures and creating memories.

This time last year I carried Liam around in his carrier. I breastfeed in the Corn Maze. He did so well! This year he is a big boy and walking around exploring with family, riding in his new stroller, and loving his little tiny pumpkin that daddy found for him. Life goes on and you better keep up!

Going to the same place around the same time a year later brought all of these emotions and memories. I am excited to see more pictures like this in the future. He grows and learns so fast! Please slow down.

-Kristina

Small Business Shoutout Series: Green Beauty Cosmetics Review

Today I bring you Green Beauty Cosmetics. I have been a huge fan for years and the first time I used Mati’s products I knew I would be coming back. The quality and effectiveness are the reasons you will want to repurchase!

Disclaimer: Some products mentioned in this review were sent to me for free in exchange for my honest opinion of the products.

I also want to note that some of these are sample sizes and do not depict the actual size of the products.

Green Beauty Cosmetics Mission

This small business is ran by Mati Fuller, a women who believes you can achieve your cosmetics desires without compromising your health. Her mission is to make women feel better about themselves by creating products that fights aging and brings out the natural beauty.

Mati’s shop is the definition of ageless beauty!

Shop disclaimer:

Since none of the Green Beauty Cosmetics products have been tested on animals, I assume no liability for any kind of allergic reaction, eruption or any other damages that the products may potentially cause, including (but not limited to) loss of wages, revenues or business, or disappointed expectations of any kind. The customer must agree, before buying the products, that if they are not happy with them, the only solution shall be that they stop using the products. If, however, an allergic reaction or eruption should occur, a full refund for the cost of the products will be given as the only form of compensation.
No other form of compensation will be given. -Green Beauty Cosmetics

About Mati!

I was born and raised in Bergen, Norway and came to the USA in 1985. I have worked for myself most of my adult life, and I always have at least 3-4 projects going on at the same time because there is just so little time and soooo many cool ideas to create! I have a 2 highly spirited indigo kids and 4 gorgeous, snugly cats.

I live in a tiny town in the mountains of Colorado, and I love the silence – it is such a source of inspiration for me because everything is so beautiful and majestic here. It makes me feel like I’m an important part of something so much bigger than myself!

I’m alive, which to me is the most exciting thing, ever! Every day is a new day, with new possibilities and new potential!!! So, when I first open my eyes in the morning, I ask myself, what shall I create today? And, as soon as fresh ideas start coming, I can’t wait to jump out of bed and get started! I just love being alive!!! -Mati

Where can you find Green Beauty Cosmetics?

Site: http://www.greenbeautycosmetics.com/

Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GreenBeautyCosmetics

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenBeautyCosmetics/?fref=ts

My Experience with Green Beauty Cosmetics

Every single encounter I have had with Mati have been pleasant and helpful. She is quick to respond and always professional. She seems to me to be a very kind and passionate person. She takes her job seriously and every product I have purchased have been in great condition and the packaging always clean. I have never had a problem.

Dealing with women on a regular basis, I have discovered that most of us feel bad about how we look. We don’t love ourselves enough, which is sad. But, perhaps this can be changed. Perhaps, natural skincare can become the perfect excuse to love yourself…-Mati

Products sent for this review

The Mineral Face Balm

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This product is a great if you are looking for hydration, protection from the elements(sun, wind, snow) and safe ingredients. This product is not a foundation and is not intended to cover.

What is advertised for The Mineral Face Balm and did it work for me?

  •  Rubs in easily and feels creamy and moisturizing on the skin.
    • This is very easy to rub in and it is so creamy and mosturizing. It continues to moisturize all day. 
  • The face balm is an oily cream that feels good on dry or sensitive skin
    • I now have very dry skin ever since my pregnancy in 2015 so this product truly brings life to my face and keeps the flakes away.
  • The color nicely blends into light skin and leaves no whiteness
    • This does not cover my redness completely but does help even out the skin tone with the touch of color it does have. It brings a beautiful glow to the face.
  • Contains 11.6% micronized zinc oxide and 11.6% micronized titanium dioxide (NO nano particles)
    • I love this feature beacuse that means no white in photos and safe!
  • Reflects both UVB and UVA rays away from the skin
    • I have not gotten sun burned!
  • Contains oils that naturally absorb radiation, such as sesame oil, avocado oil and organic coconut oil
    • These are amazing oils and so healthy for your skin.
  • Smells good, feels good and keeps your skin looking beautiful
    • This great for those who do not like strong smells. I like that I cannot smell much because sometimes the smells can be too much.
  • Pocket size – take it with you and apply it anytime!
    • The size is great and fits perfectly in my purse.
  • A little bit goes a long way!
    • This is very true!

Ingredients: avocado oil, sesame oil, cocoa butter, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, organic coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, iron oxides, kaolin clay, vitamin E, vanilla

This is a very nice product to use if you need a quick pick me up. I love how easy and smooth the application is. I use my fingers to blend it into my skin and add a little more on my red areas. It brings a beautiful glow to the skin and keeps it feel so moist and plump!

Eye Brightener  

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If you are looking for a product that brings a beautiful glow to your face, this is the product! It is a lovely addition to my makeup collection.

What is advertised for Eye Brightener and did it work for me?

  • Brightens the eye area
    • This brings a lovely glow that will have you look in the mirror over and over
  • Evens out skin tone
    • My experience with this is that it does help bring a slight color to the skin 
  • Titanium dioxide reflects light away from fine lines and wrinkles
    • I do see an improvement when I use this!
  • Titanium dioxide provides sun protection close to the eye
    • I have never had any problems with the sun in this area but it is great to be protected
  • Oil free and fragrance free
    • I love that it does not have a smell
  • Doesn’t dissolve your mascara
    • This does not do anything to my mascara
  • Highly moisturizing
    • This is amazing!
  • Doesn’t look pasty in daylight
    • This is very true and continues to look great all day
  • Made to match the natural tinted moisturizers
    • It also goes well with the face balm
  • Works well as an eye makeup primer
    • This is great for that

Ingredients: glycerin, oat starch, plant based emulsifiers, shea butter, rosewater, geogard ultra preservative, licorice root extract, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, mica, guar gum

The best thing about this product is the beautiful glow it gives you.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

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What is advertised: The hyaluronic acid moisturizer serum is so light it just melts into the skin and leaves it silky smooth and deliciously moisturized. It is made to penetrate deep into the skin to increase water levels, plump up the skin cells and make the appearance of fine lines less visible. If you only want to use ONE product, this would be the one!

What I love about this product:

  • This works very well at moisturizing the skin.
  • It does make the skin silky!
  • A little goes a long way.

What I do not like about the product: The only downfall in my opinion is the strong smell it has to me. It may not be that way for all. I cannot pin point the exact smell and it does smell nice, however very strong smell that lasts for awhile. With that being said I use this at night to minimize how long I smell it.

Ingredients: water and Abyssinian oil, rosewater and vegetable glycerin, corn starch and hibiscus flower extract, fermented sea kelp and hyaluronic acid, green tea extract and macadamia seed oil, soybean oil and grapeseed oil, soybean lecithin and beeswax, cocoa butter and shea butter, rosehip seed and tamanu oil, olive squalane and vitamin E and vanilla, geranium and xanthan gum and carrot seed oil, plant based emulsifiers, geogard ultra preservative and yogurt

Lavender Body Lotion

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What is advertised: Made with rich oils and butters, the lavender lotion is a good choice for dry or mature skin types. Because this is a slightly thicker lotion, more like a thick cream, it is also excellent as a hand cream or a face cream. The natural body lotion is softly scented with vanilla, lavender and rose geranium essential oils which are all beneficial for dry skin conditions.

What I love about this product:

  • It makes my skin very soft.
  • It smells good but not a strong smell.
  • Keeps my face moisturized all day!
  • Gives my skin a nice glow.
  • I love using this on my face because it gives it extra moisture during the winter.

Ingredients: water and plant based emulsifier, soybean oil and coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax, cocoa butter and vegetable glycerin, lecithin and honey, chamomile and green tea extract, hyaluronic acid and palm stearic acid, geogard ultra and kaolin, hydrolyzed oat and yogurt powder, vitamin E and vanilla oil, rose geranium oil and lavender, xanthan gum

Cream Blush/Lipstick in Rose

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What is advertised for this product: This cream blush is made for women who want a blush that looks sheer, translucent and natural. The cream blush blends in easily and leaves the face with a subtle and healthy glow. The blush colors even match the colors of the lip tints, for a more complete and harmonious look. Yes, it has to be re-applied once in a while, but it looks so sheer and natural that it is worth the effort of an occasional touch up.

What I love about this product:

  • It does not stick to the spot you first rubbed it on so it blends very nicely.
  • It does give you a nice natural glow and you can build it up to your desired look.
  • It smells nice.
  • It gives your lips a beautiful natural tone.

Ingredients: shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, soybean oil, avocado oil, sesame oil, iron oxides, titanium dioxide, mica, stevia leaf, tocopherol, kaolin clay

Other Products I have Purchased in the Past

  • Oatmeal Face Scrub:
    • This is in powder form and you mix this with water or cleanser and feels great on the skin.
  • Tinted Moisturizer:
    • This was one of my first I have tried as a sample and then purchased full size later. I love this better than the foundation because it gives enough color to even the skin tone yet gives a beautiful glow!
  • Mineral Foundation:
    • The difference between this and the tinted moisturizer is that it is matte and has a little more coverage.It is so smooth and leaves the skin looking fresh! I love this and is great for a more put together look. I will say it is not like traditional foundations because this is a natural foundation after all.
  • Natural Lip Balm:
    • One of my favorites because it gives you a great glow look and this looks great over the lip tints. They smell great and last a long time. You usually have a coupon with every purchase for a free lip balm.

Overall Green Beauty Cosmetics is an amazing alternative to name brand cosmetics because as stated before you can achieve your makeup or skincare desires without compromising your health. It can take some time to adjust to natural or safe cosmetics but in the long run your skin and health will thank you. I am happy to bring you this wonderful shop.

 

 

Toddler Milestone Surprise with a Toy Car

Last week Liam showed me that he has been learning new skills I did not know he could do! Below is a video showing you the joys of motherhood. I am also doing a quick review of the toy with a 12 month old boy. Eventually I will update this as the months go by while he continues to learn how to use this toy.

Huiletoys 516 Fruit Car gifted by Second Cousin Lacey and Family 

Features about this toy:

  • This is a nice quality learning toy. I love that it not only teaches shapes and color, but also food, numbers, and letters.
  • Inside three of the six shapes is a fruit that matches the color and a shape on the top that starts with that food.
  • The other three have the numbers 1-3 on the top with a fruit inside as well. Example: letter B goes with the yellow banana.
  • The hatchback trunk opens up and teaches children how to open and close.
  • The toy plays music and moves around when you turn it on using the switch on the bottom of the car. You also have an option to turn off the music while it moves.

Negatives:

  • The one thing I did notice that was off is in the second picture below: the 3 on the heart is backwards, so you would need to put the heart upside down to show that it is a 3.
  • When looking around to see where my cousin got this toy, I see it is not easy to get as in it is not in local stores. It is not an American toy so you must order online. I found a site that sells it here.


Thoughts about the toy: This is one of the toys that Liam plays with the most. He loves to put the shapes in his mouth or shake the shapes to hear the fruit hit the plastic to create noise. He also likes to push the car around. I love to also interact with him to teach him to put the shapes in the right hole and eventually teach him about the other features like the colors or numbers.
I will update later once we get batteries of the movement and music feature mentioned above. Here is a youtube video demonstrating it. I will film my own video to share of Liam playing with it as it drives around soon.

Video Demonstrating the shape learning with Liam(12 months old) for the first time:

What has your child learned recently? What toys do you play with your one year old?

Liam is One and A Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party

As I reflect over the past year, I feel so blessed to have this little guy. I feel blessed for his health, his personality, and blessed to have his father/ my husband Ben by my side. The past year has been a learning experience of going with the flow and transforming into a mother. It is transitioning to not only from being a wife, but caring for another who needs me more. Being a mother has many challenges and you have to adjust to a new life, a new way of thinking, and a new way of approaching things. It is appreciating your life even during the darkest moments in the middle of the night. It is being happy even when your little one is not. Being a mother has its joys and proud moments. When you see your child learn something new for the first time is the best feeling in the world. The cuddles and the kisses. The laughter and the smiles. The soft skin and little toes. The silliness and the goofiness. It is the little things that make the day amazing. The quiet moments that create the bond. My life the past year has changed so much and I am so happy to have this little family of mine.

Liam at Birth and Now

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What I have learned this past year

  1. I am stronger than I thought.
  2. Patience does not come naturally to me, however this past year has shown me I MUST work harder to have it.
  3. The motherly instinct does kick in when you have your child.
  4. Babies do not get spoiled, they are loved.
  5. Babies will sleep however they like no matter what you do.
  6. The bond or love you have for your child is stronger than any other love.
  7. Motherhood is a crazy ride of emotions that brings out the worse in you if you let it, but brings out the best in you to.
  8. Having a life to take care of is the scariest thing and you try not to think about the possibilities.
  9. You will worry about your child for the rest of your life.
  10. I have never been more proud of myself because taking care of a child is hard, amazing, and confusing at times!
  11. Making it a habit to not look things up on the internet and just go with your gut.
  12. Listen to my husband because he is smart and is usually right.
  13. Balance is key to surviving life.
  14. Hardships make you better if you let it.
  15. Children are in awe of you and watch your every move!

 

Liam’s Development This Past Month

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Walking

  • Liam is a full time walker now. He does occasionally crawl, but it up running around exploring!
  • He does fall all the time, however has pretty good balance.

Teeth

  • His two top teeth finally cut through this past month.
  • He has been cranky because of the teething.
  • He had some rough times crying because of teething pain.

Exploration

  • He loves to walk all over the place and find rocks, shoes, cords, or anything that he should not put in his mouth.
  • He crawls under things and hide.

Listening to Mommy and Daddy

  • Liam does a good job most of the time listening to a command or when being corrected.
  • Liam does have more of a tantrum moment when he does not want to leave something or when I have to take something away he should not have. But it only lasts a few seconds.

Personality

  • He is usually a very happy guy and will make silly faces.
  • He is so sweet and also can be a crazy monster to; as in growl and whack you for fun.
  • He is adorable when he sees Mittens the cat or his cousin Aria. He makes the cutest sound when they are in sight.
  • He dances to music and loves it when we sing.
  • He hums to himself often especially when he is tired.
  • He cuddles a little more now, but is usually on the go.
  • He is getting a little attitude when being corrected, however is quickly gone when I distract him.
  • He is so silly per usual and will make the funniest noises or faces.

Sleep

  • He still does not sleep through the night!
  • Most nights he is up about 2-3 times.
  • He is up about 1-2 times before 12am and then usually wakes maybe once after and then up between 6-8.
  • He still nurses at night.
  • He takes really great naps that are usually about two hours. He takes 1-2 naps a day depending on the day.

Breastfeeding

  • We still breastfeed. I use to use an app called Baby Feed that currently says I have been nursing on the left side for 1050:35:05 so that just shows how long I have not been using it to track the feedings and left on the tracker since July 11th. I do not know how long he goes between feedings anymore. I nurse on demand and he does nurse less.
  • I do not know when we will officially stop breastfeeding, but I will be slowly weaning him.
  • We just introduced a sippy cup to him a few days ago with water and I am going to start giving him cow’s milk soon. A large part of me is sad and does not want to transition him, but it will be nice to have my body back.

Milestones

  • Liam learned to clap this month! He finally mimicked me when singing If You’re Happy and You Know It.
  • He also started to stomp his feet during the song to!
  • He also waves, but does not always do it on demand.
  • He follows directions sometimes. He “gave” food to Paw Paw during FaceTime when he asked him to.

Things that interested Liam this month

  • When walking outside Liam loves to touch rocks.
  • Liam prefers to walk on the sidewalk or rocks rather the grass.
  • He loves to play in the dirt and feels around with his hands.
  • When he feels something crackle or make noise on the ground while he is walking, he stomps on it repeatedly.

Other

  • He has not been to his one year appointment yet, but I will edit his size and weight here.
  • He may be growing out of his size 4 diapers because he leaks at night again.
  • He is in size 12 months clothes. He can fit into his 9 months, but I use 12 months.

 

Liam’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday Party

Decorations and Food

Family and Friends

Opening Presents

Special Present from Grammie and Grandpa McPhail

This is the rocking chair I got on my first birthday party. My parents put it back together for Liam! The padding is new and is so soft. Thank you again, mom and dad!

Eating cake

A special thank you for all of those who helped, hung out, and made Liam’s First Birthday fun and memorable!

Gifts from Nana and Paw Paw Stone & Uncle Bert and Spencer

They sent two packages of gifts full of 18 months clothes, toys, and a Olive Garden gift card for mom and dad. The note said, “For surviving your first year” haha.

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This whole year has been a fun ride as well as a learning experience that will keep on going. Thank you to all who have helped us throughout the year and made Liam happy. We love you all!

-Kristina