To celebrate Austin’s last year as a 20-something-year-old, we planned a little getaway to California for a few days. This trip also came in replacement to the New York City vacation that we were supposed to go on in September that we had to cancel last minute, so it was nice to be able to sneak away for a bit kid free! (Huge thank you to Austin’s ma and pop for taking care of Scarlett for us!!) We hit up Universal Studios for a couple days and witnessed the all amazing Harry Potter land, drank butterbeer just so we knew what it was, went to the Getty Museum which was beautiful, strolled down Hollywood Blvd, ate tasty food, waited in line to meet the Grinch only so we could show the picture to Scarlett, stumbled upon a free Alessia Cara concert, and made a quick visit to a chilly beach to catch an ocean view before heading home. And because I’m so far behind and still talking about December when it’s already June…I’ll leave it at that. Such a fun trip with my birthday boy!
My baby is two!
Last Friday our sweet Scarlett Ann turned one.
How was this a year ago?! Love love love being your mama, baby girl!
I still don’t really believe that we have a one year old. It’s unreal how fast time flies these days! One year old Scarlett is as spunky as ever. Still a mama’s girl, but has a growing obsession with dad. Every time he gets home from work she gets this huge smile and gets so excited that she usually trips over herself and lands on her face. But then she’s right back up running to his arms. It’s the sweetest thing.
She still l.o.v.e.s to nurse. I’m hoping to wean her soon, but I have no idea how it’s gonna happen. I’m a little lazy about really trying I guess, mostly because I know she’s not going to be a happy camper. She never took a bottle, and only drinks out of a sippy cup for leisure so there’s not a real smooth transition technique. My hope is that my milk supply will slowly dry up so she’ll have to adjust, or that she’ll just lose interest, but knowing her I’ll probably need to put forth a little more effort. We’ll work on that.
You’ll always find her with some random object in her hand. Most the time it’s a ball or two, but anything and everything is game. Straws, mascara, lip gloss, q-tips, socks, dirty laundry, phone cords, balloons, combs, you name it. That girl is never empty handed. She also has this weird thing for a pair of headphones that Aust has. Whenever he has them on, she’s there climbing on his lap, pointing and blabbering away. She usually seems pretty pleased so she must think it’s a good look on him.
Lately she’s been really impressed by monkeys. She thinks it’s sooo funny when we do oo-oo-ah-ah sounds and has started making them whenever she sees a monkey. She has this touch-and-feel animal book and the only page she cares about is the one with the chimp. She’ll open the book straight to that page and leave it there saying ah-ah-ah the entire time. If I try to turn the page she gives me a quick pout and turns it right back to the monkey. So determined! It’s been so fun to watch her pick up on those little things.
She’s still a major Mickey Mouse fan, with Daniel Tiger close behind. The characters in those shows bring her so much joy. Every time she see’s them on the screen her little face lights up, she grins ear to ear, giggles, and squeals with delight. It’s so weird. There are certain parts in a couple episodes that she laughs at every. single. time. It’s my favorite to hear her giggling in the back seat while I’m driving when a “funny” part comes on. I always just think, how does she even know what’s happening?! I’m tellin’ ya, she’s in it deep.
Here are her 12 month stats:
Weight: 17 pounds 14 ounces – 20th percentile
Height: 29.5 inches – 60th percentile
Head circumference: 46.5 cm – 85th percentile
Now for a recap of her birthday celebrations.
We brought a few balloons into her room to start her day. She was pleased as punch.
^^Daniel Tiger was on.
My family got into town around 2 o’clock and were a huge help in getting everything ready for the partay! I’m so so glad they could be there. My grandparents 50th wedding anniversary celebration was the next day so the timing worked out perfectly! Couldn’t have done it without them. My dad even wore his Mickey Mouse shirt to get on Scarlett’s good side. She was intrigued.
^^Huge thanks to my mama for making the perfect banners!
^^And huge thanks to my mother-in-law for making the adorable cakes! I’m surrounded by talented moms!
We decided to go with a hot dog theme in honor of Mickey Mouse. Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog!
^^Favorite “present” of the night.
After dinner we decided to pull out the smash cake. Everyone gathered to sing Happy Birthday which was a bit overwhelming to our shy, quiet-loving, not-a-fan-of-people-in-her-face, girl…
…once the song was over and the cake was in front of her she was able to compose herself.
She was pretty dainty with the cake,
so I threw in a spoon to help her out,
but then she decided she was more interested in the paper flower and her balloon. Whatever floats your boat, honey buns.
We got her cleaned up and in her pj’s to open presents,
which she obviously hasn’t learned is the best part.
After the toys started coming out she became a little more interested.
As we neared the end of gift opening, our little lady was done. We finished up and got that girl to bed! My wonderful mamita is a pro at documenting things and has more pictures and details from the evening on her blog here.
We’re so grateful for all our friends and family that helped make it a special day! Scarlett is blessed to have you all in her life.
Happy birthday, baby girl!
We love you!
In the midst of those festivities the boys had a little too much fun with the balloons which resulted in this:
That is pure joy right there. And just ignore all of my empty picture frames :) It’s a work in progress.
After hanging out there for a few hours we headed off to go to Austin’s work party. It was definitely a weekend full of parties! They played minute-to-win-it games but me and Aust did not do too hot. We were the last ones to win our prize but we basically got the best one so it was okay :) Austin left with a new waterproof video camera, a jumbo bag of Ghirardelli chocolates, and cash in hand. Now that’s what I’m talking about!
Yesterday was the real birthday day! Unfortunately we both had to work which took some of the fun out of it and to top that off, I had a class until 6:30 pm that I had to go to because it was the last one of the semester. Kinda a bummer but that’s why we celebrated the entire weekend :) On my way home, I stopped by Pizza Hut to grab some dinner for us which turned into over an hour long adventure because they were super busy. So I didn’t end up getting home until after eight. What a bust! Then we laid a blanket on the living room floor, spread out the grub, and ate while we watched our favorite show, The Walking Dead. It was a nice and relaxing evening and the perfect way to level out our crazy weekend.
Overall, I’m just so thankful for my birthday boy! He’s the best ever and makes me the happiest, luckiest girl in the world.
I love you babe! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!