Friday, July 29, 2016

Chloe Grace: 12 Months Old


Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday dear Chloe! Happy birthday to youuuu!!! The day is finally here. A very anticipated day indeed. It's hard to believe this is the last of Chloe's monthly updates! I have such mixed emotions about my baby girl turning one. On one hand, I'm so proud of everything she's accomplished. She has learned so much over the past year! I'm also proud of JP and I for getting to this point. I mean, she is the first human that we've raised after all! On the other hand, it's hard to see my tiny baby growing up. I know as she gets older she'll become more independent and need me less. For now, I'll continue to soak up all of my snuggles and beam with pride and joy over all of her milestones.



This month Chloe finally got brave enough to walk all by herself! She's been so close for the last three months. She would take a couple of steps here and there or stand by herself for a few seconds, but she would always sit down as soon as she realized she was doing it. {Aunt Em kept calling her a chicken.} With a little coaxing from JP and I, she finally started walking on Sunday! I knew she was ready because as soon as she realized she could do it, she was walking across the room. Now, just 6 days later, she's walking everywhere and showing off to anyone who will watch her. Good thing Jody helped us baby proof a few weeks ago because now she's ready to get into everything!



Our little nugget has been growing right on track. At all of her well baby check ups she's been between 50-60% on all the growth charts. Her official one year appointment isn't until next Tuesday, but when we went this last Monday {little Chlo had a virus :( She's all better now!}, she was 20lb 0.3oz. I attempted to measure her height, and I believe she's about 28 inches tall. I guess we'll find out her actual stats come next week! She's definitely in a lengthening phase because her thighs aren't quite as chubby and chunky as they used to be! She's still in 9 and 12 month clothes. We have a couple of 9 month sleepers that fit her, but we've mostly moved onto 12 month PJs because of those long legs!



Not only is she growing big and strong but her little mind is soaking up so much as well! She can say hi, dada, ball, up, hot dog and uh oh. She can give kisses to us and her babies, high five and show us what's in her mouth. {She'll open her mouth and stick out her tongue...and any food in there.} She loves to climb the stairs, and she can go down the stairs...very reluctantly. She usually goes down about 3 steps before she starts crying and climbing back up again. Then she'll fuss until I pick her up and just take her down. It's definitely a work in progress.

Her current favorite places in the house are underneath the desk, the baby gates and the coffee bar in the kitchen! I had to move everything around in the coffee bar so that the only things she can get to are baby safe like spoons, sealed coffee bags and hot chocolate K-cups.



Miss Priss is so full of personality. She has the most expressive face, and you can always tell how she feels about something based on her eyes and eyebrows! I think she has a new face every couple of weeks. She still loves her scrunchy nose face, and now she has a weird one where she sticks her bottom jaw out while she opens and closes her mouth. She's a little odd ball, but I guess she is my daughter!



This month's firsts:
  • First time to eat her own cake!
  • First 4th of July
  • First visit to the splash pad
  • First time in a ball pit
  • First Gymboree play day
  • First virus :(
  • First steps! She's walking!



My Darling Chloe Grace,

I'm still wondering where this last year has gone! I remember waking up a year ago with so much excitement and anxiety knowing that I would get to finally see your face. After 7 hours of labor and 20 minutes of pushing, you were in my arms and I was the happiest woman in the world. I didn't know that my heart could hold so much love! What's even crazier is that I continue to love you more and more every single day. I didn't think it was possible to love you more than the first time I saw you, but God is constantly showing me I am capable of so much more.

This past month has been pretty calm compared to the two months before! We started the month with a trip to Austin for a dear family friend's wedding followed by your first 4th of July! You loved watching the sparklers, but we're too sure about the loud booms from the big fireworks. You like watching the ones going off farther away because they didn't startle you as much! The rest of the month we actually spent in Houston. It was nice being home and getting back into our routine.

The biggest thing that happened this month is you finally started walking! Oh you had the proudest momma. I got a little teary eyed when you finally got brave enough to take off across the room. You've been so close for months, but you were just a bit timid and scared. You would accidentally take a few steps and then sit down once you realized that you weren't holding on! We finally decided to sit down and show you that you were ready and could do it on your own. Momma and Daddy had you walking across the rug from one to the other. After a few times, you got braver and didn't lean forward into us quite as much. In about 15 minutes, you had it figured out. It took about 2 days for you to realize that you could just walk everywhere!

I'm so proud of you little girl. You continue to amaze me every day! You have gone from a tiny, squishy newborn to a giggly, squirmy baby to a walking, excited toddler. I know that this is just the beginning. I look forward to watching you continue to grow into a little girl. I know that God will continue to help us to raise you and teach you the right things. He's helped us so much thus far! Thank you for making me a momma. Becoming a mom has been the greatest joy in my life. I'm so thankful to be YOUR momma! God has worked wonders in our little family, and I know that he will continue to lead us down the right path in life.

I love you forever,
Momma


Now excuse me while I go wipe away my tears and hold my baby girl close!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Glamor Shots


One year and three days ago, I posted my 39 week bumpdate. It was my final bumpdate before I got to meet this little angel. It's hard to believe that in 2 days she is going to be ONE! 

Today I wanted to just focus on Chloe a little more. I mean, this week is all about her right? {Just kidding, Chloe thinks that every single day is all about her. She's a bit of a narcissist really :)} On Monday, I shared a little sneak peek of a few family photos {and a Tabata video!}. Today I wanted to share more pictures that Marci from Three Peas Photography took of our little princess! 




She did the most amazing job, as always, capturing our girl!
From her sweet smiles to her nose scrunch...





...and her expressive eyebrows to her pouty face!


In case you're wondering, she did this because we plucked the weeds growing between the sidewalk that she wanted. Definitely a reason to throw a temper tantrum. Definitely.




I now have two days to say that my baby is almost one. Just two days before the first year comes to an end. Excuse me while I grab a box of tissues and go through all the videos of teeny, tiny Chloe on my phone. Except seriously, I can't stop doing that. She is just so stinking cute. Oh and did I mention that she decided to start walking? Yup, she's all over the place. My not even one year old continues to amazing me every day. Now I'm rambling a bit, but I can't help it! Two days. Two days and Chloe's final monthly update will be on the blog. Two days and I can share all of her cake smash pictures. Two more days. I need to soak up every minute.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Tabata Take One!


Hello friends! Happy Monday! It's hard for me to say this, but it's Chloe's birthday week! How is my baby girl old enough to have a birthday? I can't believe how fast this year has gone. Every day this week, I want to share some of Chloe's first birthday pictures that we took with our photographer Marci from Three Peas Photography. As always, Marci did such a wonderful job capturing our girl and her personality!




The countdown is on. 4 days and counting until this little nugget is ONE! This time last year I was super pregnant, super hot, super sweaty and super ready to meet this little girl. This year I'm still hot and sweaty, but I'm much more comfortable and happy to have my girl with me that's for sure.

Speaking of hot and sweaty, I have a first for y'all today. My first tabata video! I've had a few requests to create a video for y'all to workout along with me, and I finally did it! It's my very first one, so don't make fun on me too much. I'll let the video do the talking from here!



There you have it! In case you're wondering, I get my music from Spotify. These two songs are from iSweat Fitness Music - Total Body Tabata. I use them in my Tabata class. It's great to have music to cue everyone, so I can focus on their form and encouraging them.

Now that you know exactly how these two rounds of Tabata go, here's a little cheat sheet in case you want to give it a go on your own.




Now I'm turning the reigns back over to y'all! Any types of exercises you want to see in a Tabata workout? I'd like to keep doing these, but want to make sure I'm creating workouts that y'all want! So please let me know and I'll keep them coming!

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Friday, July 22, 2016

My Baby Sister's Wedding: Ceremony & Reception


In case y'all missed our getting ready photos, you can see them here!

After we were all set and ready, the wedding began! I had a few special moments with my sister while my daddy walked my momma down the aisle. It was fun for us just to have some time together to be excited and giddy. I'm so lucky to have a sister that is truly my best friend. Daddy came and took my place with Emma and it was time for me to take my walk down the aisle with Matt's brother Jake!


I'm proud to say that we totally rocked our jaunt down the aisle. No trips, slips, falls, etc. :) Of course most people we're even watching us because the two following us down the aisle stole the show. I'm not talking about Emily and Dad, I'm talking about the cutest members of the wedding party, Chloe and Camden!



They were so stinking cute! Their daddy's had to help them along since neither were walking on their own quite yet. It's so funny because Camden is much more loosy, goosy when he walks while Chloe is stiff and robotic! About halfway down or so, Dan and JP picked them up and walked them down the rest of the way. Doesn't JP make the cutest flower girl? I bet he never expected to fill that role in his life!


 Next up was the best part of the wedding. I already knew how gorgeous Emily looked, so my eyes were on Matt!



 She was so stunning and just radiating joy. Matt shed a few tears and I did everything I could to hold mine in. The ceremony went off without a hitch. I did the first reading and kind of forgot that it was my turn to get up to read! We all sat down after opening prayers, I looked around waiting for what was next and suddenly realized it was me! So of course I yelp, "Oh that's me!" and scramble up to the alter.



Luckily I nailed the reading and Emily and Father Drew only made fun of me a little bit. Here Em is pointing at me while Father Drew was calling me out during the homily. It was pretty hilarious.


The wedding was beautiful and it's so special that Emily and I both got married at the same church with the same pastor. It's even more special that Emily and Matt got married at the place they first met!



To say they were so happy to be married is an understatement! It's definitely been a long time coming.


Em's girls were all pretty happy to! The musicians were playing Ain't No Mountain and we were totally jamming while we were waiting to take formal portraits! Portraits went pretty quickly which was good because it gets warm and overwhelming under all those lights! The photographers did a great job getting us in and out!

We were ready to get to the reception to party! But first, the bustle. Emily's was fairly simple with 3 little hooks, but man were they hard to find! They also came unhooked whenever Em sat down. We got pretty good at finding them by the end of the night.


Then we were off to the reception! Emily and Mom did a great job with all of the details!







Since it was a 7:00pm wedding, we were ready to eat after introductions! We're not used to 9:00 dinners that's for sure. Of course, Charlotte and I had too many butterflies to eat. We had our speeches coming up!


I'm proud to say that we both nailed it! Charlotte's was adorable and funny, and mine was a bit sappy. I had to throw in a few silly stories from our childhood and pass on my role as Emily's #1 to Matt. I'm number 1 1/2 now of course. They can't get rid of me that easily!


After cake cutting, were the first dances which had my mom and I in tears.




Thinking about Chloe and her daddy having their first dance one day made me lose it. Becoming a mom leaves you with so many emotions that I never had before!

Once the first dances were over, it was time to hit the dance floor and party the night away! Wedding dancing is my favorite. I could be a professional wedding dancer that's for sure.



I think Chloe could too. She must get it from her momma!






The photobooth was such a hit! I may have jumped in on a lot of people's pictures. Oooops :)



I saw both of my brothers in one spot and wanted to get sibling pictures, so I grabbed the photographer and said I'd be back with Emily. But then Sir Mix-A-Lots "I like big butts" came on and we had to dance first! It's kind of mine and Em's theme song. What can we say, we got it from our momma!



After a quick dance, we made it back to our patiently waiting brothers!

 

Then we got all of our extended siblings in the picture! All we're missing is Kate and Corbette!

The wedding and reception were absolutely beautiful. So of course the send off was too. The sparklers were perfect and so much fun. I think Charlotte and I did at least 5 sparklers!



It's safe to say they're pretty happy!

Now they're enjoyed just over a month of wedded bliss! I'm beyond happy to have Matt as my brother officially. He's the perfect addition to the Timmer clan. The fact that he's put up with our crazy antics for this long means that he can hang with us...well forever. Looks like he's stuck with us now!

Emily and Matt,

I'm beyond happy for this next chapter in your lives! I love you both so much and can't wait to see what God has in store for you. I look forward to seeing y'all grow in love and faith. Enjoy every day and every challenge that comes your way. Marriage isn't always easy, but it's always worth it. Oh and Chloe wanted me to tell you that she wants some cousins. That's all. I love you both!

Xoxo,
Amy {and Chloe!}

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