Merry Christmas, Ya’ll

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! We hope this holiday season brings you many blessings. 



Whitlee’s First Birthday Party

We decided to have Whitlee’s birthday party on December 5th so that more family could be there. Originally I had plans to do a pink and gold birthday, but since she has decided she’s pretty much obsessed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, I changed my mind. We decided to go with a red, black, and gold theme instead and it turned out really cute if I do say so myself! And this ham LOVED all of the attention, of course.


I started with her invitations. I got them through an Etsy shop – One Five Designs, who created them and printed them. Their customer service was so great and the quality of the invitations was perfect! (address and phone number is blacked out)whitlee-redgoldminnie(5x7)

We finally got her highchair repainted and I made the banner for above her cake table and the banner for her highchair.


We went with red velvet cupcakes to compliment her smashcake. Thank you, Pinterest! I was so nervous they wouldn’t turn out very well making me a pinterest fail, but I was super proud of them. The night before when I was adding the “ears” and the bows, my homemade cream cheese icing was a little soft and my ears kept moving. Thankfully overnight in the refrigerator, they hardened up.

She wasn’t really all that into her cake, but I’m a little relieved since that  meant no major sugar crash later.


We got her a bounce house since there were a lot of bigger kids there, and Miss Priss wanted to be right in the middle of them. She got knocked down and kicked and bounced around more times that I even care to think about, but never cried. She loved the kids!


She got SO many presents. Seriously. I didn’t even know there were that many different Mickey Mouse / Minnie Mouse toys, but she got a ton of them and not one the same. And clearly by the sugars given to baby Minnie, she loves them.

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It ended up being a little colder than I expected but thankfully we had a really great turn out and we’re so thankful for everyone that was able to make it out. But – this momma is relieved its over!

Worn out little girl relaxing on Aunt Taylor and her newest cousin (on the way). Baby Parker is due in March!


Whitlee | One Year

So we took an unintentional blogging break to get over the excitement of Whitlee’s first birthday, but we’re back! Prepare to be bombarded with photos and posts..

O N E year, yall. Our tiny little 4 pound 3 oz baby is a year old. I am equal parts sad and excited. This girl is so smart and so much fun…I can’t even begin to explain how much fun.



We actually had Whitlee’s one year appointment on her birthday and she got SIX shots. Poor baby. But she’s up to 18 lbs 10 ounces, and is 28” tall. Her pediatrician said she’s in the 30th percentile, which I think is perfect. Not too small, not too big. I’ll take it. She handled the aftermath of shots much better than normal, but got a small knot in one of her legs for like 3 days afterwards. She got a flu shot on top of her normal one year old shots and we go back in a few weeks to get the other half of that.



At her appointment, we were given the full green light for whole milk and any food she’s willing to eat. I mentioned last month that we were doing more solids, but topping her off with Stage 2 baby food thickened with rice cereal. It actually worked out really well. She’s gradually picked up enough on the solid foods we’re rarely following up with baby food at all. And her appetite seems to have finally increased. She’s eating a lot!

We recently gave her a small bottle of whole milk to test the waters and she had diarrhea really bad afterwards so I instantly thought she’d inherited my lactose intolerance. We talked to the pediatrician about it and she said that it was probably just too much for her little belly since she’s been on a gentle formula and to try to gradually move into it. So we’re doing formula at 22 calories for half the bottle and filling the rest with whole milk and she’s doing well with that. We’re working towards ¾ whole milk and then we’ll do the full swap.

Big news – she FINALLY stopped taking a bottle in the middle of the night. She gets a mid morning bottle, an afternoon bottle, and a bedtime bottle, all 6 ounces each which when we swap to whole milk fully, we may space that out in sippy cups of 2 or 3 ounces here and there to make it up to around 18 a day, which was recommended by the pediatrician as well. Speaking of sippy cups, whew. This is a surprising milestone that she never really reached – Whitlee has never really held her own bottle. She spent two weeks in November at an in home day care and I’m not sure if the other kids holding theirs caused it or maybe the daycare provider couldn’t hold it for her, but she suddenly started holding it herself. But this delay has caused her an additional delay in sippy cups. She knows how to drink from a straw like a pro, but tilting a sippy cup has her thrown off. We’ve hidden the straw sippies for now and are practicing with the tilt several times a day. Our goal is to have her on straight sippy cups by 15 months, but I’m really not going to push our luck. We just now got off the middle of the night bottle. 🙂

Food Likes:

Gerber Baby Yogurt


Baby Goldfish



Deer Meat

Ground Beef


Beans of any kind

Any bread


Food Dislikes:

Plain bananas

Cookies – weird!

Bar B-Q

Potatoes (mashed, baked, anything)



Oh time change, I despise you. We were making such great progress in the night sleeping department, and then time change happened and rocked her little world. I’m relieved to say now though that she’s finally going back to normal. Normal for us is a bath at 7, pajamas and a bottle, then she actually goes down in her crib awake, and will usually fall asleep in 5-10 minutes and sleeps until anywhere from 11PM to 1AM. This has gradually been increasing later and later and I’m hoping that soon she’ll sleep through the night in there. I’ll take what I can get though. I tried the week of Thanksgiving to get her to go back to sleep in her crib after that middle of the night wakeup, but it was n o t happening. Oh well. I kinda like her in the bed with us anyway.

She still takes two naps – one morning nap about 9:00 and an afternoon nap about 2:00. Both are usually an hour and a half to two hours. Occasionally she skips one nap and just has one really long nap. Either way seems to work pretty well.


-Two more teeth! This seems to be listed every month lately. We’re up to 8 now!

-Walking like a pro

-Squats to pick something up and stands back up without falling

-Gives hugs and sugars on demand, even to her toys

-Blows kisses (without the hand movement)

-Has started climbing on everything




Uh Oh

Bye Bye


Bink Bink


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So we’re up to a lot of words and she’s getting smarter every day. The climbing stage has hit and we have to watch what we leave lying around that she could possibly climb onto. She’s also getting a little bit sassy. She throws fits occasionally and will pull on my pants wanting me to pick her up and she’ll shake her finger at you like she’s telling you a l l about it. I don’t even know where she learns some of this stuff. The other day, I dropped her off at my mother in laws house and she wanted down to go play with her toys. So I let her down but followed pretty close behind so I could tell her bye. By the time I rounded the corner of the living room, she’d found a bink bink and popped it in her mouth, grabbed a teething bracelet and had it on her wrist, and a small purse slung over her shoulder. Then looked at me and said “Bye Bye”. What even? Oh and she’s on the move constantly. That’s why the majority of her one year pictures are from the side or in action. But still such a good snuggler. She likes to sit with me sometimes and will just lay her head on me…for about 3 seconds then she’s on the move again!


She’s finally starting to wear more 12 month clothing and the occasional 18 month outfit. We did make the switch to size 4 diapers and they are much better! Our little munchkin is getting BIG!


-Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

-Other children, especially her cousin Tyner.

-Being outside

-Riding the RZR

-“Driving” Daddy’s truck

-Remotes/Cell Phones

-Her “Bink Bink” (pacifier)


-Diaper Changes

-Clothing Changes

-Being told “no”

-The baby gates


So that’s the big one year update! We’ve actually had her birthday party since she turned a year old so that post will be up soon as well. I won’t get too mushy here about her turning a year old, but I did write her a letter the night before and I was pretty much bawling the whole time. Whitlee has been such a blessing and we are so thankful to have such a sweet, funny, happy, smart little girl. I never dreamed being a mom would be this amazing, but it definitely exceeds all expectations. She makes our world go round.

Happy 12 month update, baby girl! You are so loved!!