Monday, October 16, 2017

Violet at one year

A few thoughts about Violet’s first year: 

I did monthly updates with Andy (first time mom) and now here I am a whole year into sweet Violet’s life without much of an update about her! I’ll do my best to remember and summarize this past year with our perfect, sweet girl. 

Honestly, from the beginning, she’s been a very sweet, good baby. By far our easiest baby. She’s got this way of bringing sweetness everywhere she goes. Maybe we especially notice it after having two boys? :) 

As far as milestones go, she’s been a little on the lazy end. ;) Maybe she’s just smart and realizes it’s not worth putting the effort into doing things that you can get other people to do for you! She started sitting pretty consistently at 7 months or so. She barely started crawling a week or two before she turned 1! And she’s not even close to walking. She hates to be on her feet, period. We’re working on it. She just barely started feeding herself her own bottles…not because she couldn’t? But I think because she preferred us serving her. :) She reserves her smiles for when they’re fully earned. I think Andy and Max get the most smiles and giggles. We’re starting to see a more silly side of her coming out now. If we start laughing, she’ll return the laugh. It’s very sweet. 

She’s got this crazy dark hair that sticks up everywhere right now. I made the mistake of shaving it (to make it “thicker”), and it was NOT a good move. It’s finally growing out a bit and looks so sweet if I take the time to come it over to the side. 

She likes to clap. She LOVES music. She’ll start dancing if we turn on something with a good beat. Her dancing mostly consists of bobbing her head up and down and moving her arms up and down too. It’s very cute. Her favorite dance number is, “I like to move it” from Madagascar. She just learned how to give kisses and it’s the sweetest thing. If you tell her to give you a kiss, she’ll lean forward until her mouth barely touches yours. 

I made it for a while exclusively pumping for her! I could write post after post about this journey, but to summarize: I pumped exclusively until she was 6 months old. At that point, I still pumped but didn’t pump as frequently, so I started supplementing with formula and doing frozen milk—I had quite the stash. I gave her one bottle a day of formula then fed her frozen/fresh milk the rest of the time. This lasted until about 10 months, when I switched her over to formula completely. I’d stopped pumping in the middle of July. It was a hard journey, but I think it was the right path for us. And I’m glad it’s over now! 

Violet just barely got her first tooth last week, so she’s a little slow in that regard! It’s made eating solids tricky for her, but she’s getting the hang of it now. She loves crackers, mac n cheese baby food, yogurt, and is our first baby that actually likes cow’s milk. She drinks 4 bottles a day of that and loves it. 

Right now, Violet spends her time crawling around exploring and getting into things, playing chase with Max, napping (still twice per day), eating, and being the cutest thing ever. She is adored by all and we can’t imagine life without her. 

On the day of her first birthday.

Saturday, October 7, 2017


We got a Lagoon Season Pass for the summer and had a blast!

Friday, October 6, 2017

July-September 2017 Highlights

This actually happened on June 30, but Brendan and Madi got married! 

Violet wearing the sweetest dress made by my mom. She made it for me when I was a baby!
 4th of July Celebrations!


 We moved the first week of July from our North Salt Lake home to our new home in Highland!

Midway Family Reunion! Violet and I with my cousin Kathryn and her little girl Lucy. 
Just a hilarious picture of Maxy.

To celebrate Cam's birthday we got Ruth's Chris for dinner and headed up to Park City to see Ben Folds!
 We became members at Thanksgiving Point--the kids love it!

A surprise happy birthday for Cameron from the Thomas Clan.

Happy Birthday, Cameron!

We started landscaping our backyard!

Cam and I did an overnight trip to Park City to celebrate our anniversary

First day of First Grade!
Cute Andy riding home from school
I went on a date with Maxy to the Tortilla Store (Cafe Rio). 

Cam and Andy went on a date to a Real Salt Lake game. 

Maxy started a collection in our backyard. He was heartbroken when the landscapers got rid of it. :(

Open House at his new preschool! Max was soooooo excited!
 Fishing Trip! Cameron, Greg, Andy, and Max had a great trip to Strawberry.

Max's first day of Preschool!
Max after his first day of Preschool. So proud! :)

Andy helped me be my dad's support crew for Lotoja! I thought he'd have fun, but he kept saying it was the worst day of his life. Ha ha ha

 Fun night up the canyon with the Craguns and Thomases.

Sweetest thing ever--after helping my dad at Lotoja, Andy decided to host his own bike race in the neighborhood. He delivered invitations to people without even telling me, ha ha. 

 My mom and I took Andy to the symphony to see Salute to Youth.

 Fun field trip with Max to a local nature park. It was just the two of us, and it was SO fun to have some one-on-one time.

I had gum surgery and got veneers!

And prepared the cutest family night lesson all by himself. This is the outfit he picked out for himself. :) 

The boys took swimming lessons in the neighborhood. 

I ran the Mt. Nebo Half Marathon with some girls in my new ward.