Thursday, February 27, 2014

14 Months Old!

Every month goes by faster than the one before and I'm embarrassed to admit that this one totally snuck up on me!
This has been a bittersweet month for me as I've watched you change SO much. My heart wants time to slow down, but I enjoy watching you grow and discover new things as well!
It's hard to believe this is your second Valentines Day. Look how much you've grown!

And here you are on Valentines Day with 2 of your best friends. You and your mischievous little face!
Eating:
Month 14 marked the end of breastfeeding for you. My original goal was 1 year and then I was hoping to make it to 18 months. You had other plans though because over the last few months, you just lost interest. It was a struggle for me to get you to nurse for even a whole minute sometimes. I finally realized that it was just stressing me out and time for it to come to an end. It was a lot harder for me than I thought it would be. I can't keep you my baby forever though, and I'm glad that you weaned yourself so easily. The only problem now is that I can't get you to drink milk. I've tries SO many things, even almond milk and goats milk but you won't have it. Any suggestions rookie mamas?

Sleep:
I love you so much for starting to sleep through the night. It. is. amazing. I started giving you a little oatmeal before bed because it really seemed like you were waking up just because of hunger and sure enough, you didn't wake up till morning! Now we put you to bed every night around 8 and you sleep till 6:30 or 7! It is wonderful! You still take a morning and an afternoon nap as well. You are finally a good sleeper!! Dad gave you this little puppy for Valentines Day and now you won't sleep without it. It's so adorable!

Teething:
Girl, you are a trooper and I am one proud mama. You got 6 teeth in a weeks time this month! You now have 4 molars, 4 top front teeth and 4 bottom front teeth. You are starting to look so grown up now with all those teeth. It's also about time you started using those chompers to eat your vegetables. Just saying! How did we survive all that teething? Well, I gave you Hylands teething tablets and fruit popsicles I had Tylenol on hand in case it got too painful for you, but we never ended up using it. It was a rough week but in the end, we all made it! 
Fruit popsicles are definitely our favorite teething pain reliever. Sometimes, I give them to you right before a meal so that your gums are numb and you can eat better!

Milestones:
Another growing up moments was you peeing on the potty! I got a little potty chair for you about a month ago but didn't really intend on using it for a while. You have started telling us when you have messed your diaper though so I've started setting you on your potty chair before bath time and just other random times of the day. A few days ago, you started yelling on your potty chair and sure enough, you peed! I couldn't believe it! I know you being potty trained is still a long way off, but it gave me hope that I won't be changing your diaper forever :)

This month you also started talking like nobody's business. You've probably said 50+ words now! I won't even try to list them off, there's so many. If we say it, you try to repeat it and it's awesome! One of the cutest things you say is "hello" on your phone but it sounds more like "elow". It's hilarious. You have even started to say some phrases. You can say "hi baby", "bye dad", and "all done". When I take pictures, I tell you to say cheese and you always see it and give me a big cheesy grin! My absolute favorite is when we say "I love you" and you say "luff". It gives me a happy ache in my heart every time!

Memories:
This month, my best friend Nicole finally had her little baby boy! You haven't gotten to see him yet but you got to hang out with him for a bit before he was born while Nicole read you your favorite book!


Two of your favorite things are books and animals. Here you are reading a curious George book and making the most adorable little monkey noises!
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You are a social butterfly and love to go see your friends. When we tell you we are going to see one of your friends you get so excited you can hardly compose yourself. You start dancing and flinging your arms and squealing! You play so well with the little girl I nanny for too. You guys are stinking cute together!
I put your hair in an official ponytail for the first time. I thought it was ridiculously adorable!

Even though it's been cold outside, our zoo is still open and it has an Amazon building that is nice and toasty warm. Dad got to come with us this time and you had so much fun showing him all the animals! 

You are the perfect mix of a mamas girl and a dadas girl. Sometimes you prefer him and sometimes you prefer me. Either way, you have a very special place in both of our hearts and you always will. You bring us more joy than we could have ever imagined! 

We absolutely adore you and love your smiles, hugs, kisses, giggles. Sometimes you get laughing so hard that you can hardly breathe. Here's a peek at your awesome belly laugh!
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My sweet baby, you have grown up so much just in this past month, and we have made some of the best memories together. I love taking you everywhere with me, even grocery shopping. You're my little sidekick now! We still pray with you each night that you will grow to know and love the Lord. That is the most important thing we want for you! I'm so glad that God gave you to us to care for. I know that you are a special gift from God and I am one happy mama!
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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Guest Post and GIVEAWAY!

Hi friends! I am so excited to have a sweet sponsor friend of mine here today to share a little of her life with you! Her name is Pamela and she has the sweetest little girl with a son on the way (but I will let her tell you the rest)! I know you will fall in love with Pamela, her shop, and her blog; she is sweet, fun, a great mama and absolutely gorgeous! Make sure you stop by her lovely blog and shop. And you don't want to miss out on her awesome giveaway! Thanks for sharing with us Pamela!!
-Faith

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Hello, Life of Faith readers! My name is Pamela and I am so happy to be here today! (much thanks to the lovely Faith for having me on her blog!) I am from Los Angeles and am happily married to my Scott, the proud mommy of a beautiful 2-year-old girl named Lilly (with a son on the way due at the end of March!), and I blog over at Macdonald's Playland.  
 
 My blog exists so I can share & hopefully inspire through my creative outlets (I share a lot of crafts/DIY, home decor, party planning, etc.) and it also includes a smorgasbord (yes, I said "smorgasbord")  of other things I enjoy in life such as recipes (I'm always rumbly in the tumbly!), fitness (or lack thereof), thoughts on marriage (TMI much?), and lessons in mothering/parenting (usually it's my child teaching me things!)  It would be fun to have you join me over there as I adventure through wifehood and mommyhood! I love writing & sharing things that help & inspire fellow women, wives, mommies, etc. to get through their own adventure!

Some of my most popular posts include:
Oh, and of course I also document a lot of photographs, adventures, and shenanigans with my sweet husband and little family...

So that's me & my blog in a nutshell! Please come say hello!

And before I go, I have a fun giveaway for you all!

My Etsy shop, Peanut Lilly Creations (www.peanutlilly.etsy.com) is home to a variety of handmade items made especially for the little peanuts in your life. I create handmade accessories (such as beanies, tutus, hair bows, headbands, costumes, etc.) made specifically for babies and toddlers.

I also recently started a metal stamped personalized jewelry collection there where you can show love for the special people in your family. All these pieces can be personalized (family names, children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, spouses, significant others, pets, wedding parties...you name it! The list goes on and on!)

Currently, my most popular items are my ear warmers. Here are the Lilly-Bow Ear Warmer, the Knotted Ear Warmer, and my Flower Ear Warmer.

I absolutely love running my shop and enjoy creating things for you all! With all that said, today I am GIVING AWAY:
  • one of my ear warmers (winner's choice! They come in Newborn to Adult sizes so if you win one, it can be for you, a peanut in your life, or a friend!)
  • PLUS $15 of online credit to my shop so you can get something else you see! 
Best of luck to all of you that enter, and thanks again for reading! Please stop by and say hello over in my playland! Would love to *meet* you!

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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Mommy Moments #83

Hey mamas!
Welcome back for another great week of Mommy Moments Link Ups! Thank you for linking up and for spreading the word last week! We had over 60 posts last week which is awesome! I loved reading all of your great posts!

Motherhood has it's seriousness and frustration as well as it's laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!


 This week's most viewed link once again belongs to Brittany from Sweet Country Roots. Her post was a difficult one, but one that I'm glad was shared and viewed nonetheless. Her post titled Against Birth Control, challenges us as mothers to really look into what we are putting into our bodies and the harmful effects it may be having or have had on our unborn babies, and even our own bodies. If you didn't check out Brittany's post, I encourage you to this week!
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We also have a very special guest host for the next several link ups. Pamela is sponsoring The Life Of Faith for the next 2 months and is also excited to be a part of the Mommy Moments Link Up during that time. Please welcome Pamela from Macdonald's Playland!


Alrighty, now it's time to link up your posts!

1. Follow Host: The Life Of Faith 
2. Link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

3. Add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up!

4. Explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 

5. Tweet or Share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!


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P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!


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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Valentines Say I Love You

In my opinion, when it comes to Valentines Day, a personal touch goes a long way...and if it's a whole hand, even better right?

This year, I did our Valentines craft with K and also the 2 year old girl I nanny for. Trust me, there was paint everywhere. everywhere. everywhere.
I'm sure you understand.

It took a lot to get a nice clean hand print from my darling child. She prefered to place her painted hands on her face, in her hair, and on my clothes.
But we got the job done!
 Don't worry, the children did not do the cutting. I cut out about 25 little hand prints and then glued the two center fingers down to make the ASL sign for "I love you". 
 On the patchy painted hand prints, I used my finger to spread a thin layer of glue over the top and then just dumped the glitter on. A little sparkle makes everything better!

I put a little magnet on the back and wrote a note to all of K's valentines this year. Even though half of them are her cousins, she's got too many friends already and she's only one!

If you didn't see our Valentines for last year, stop by and check them out. Trust me, they are actually much cuter than this year's but in my defense, I now have a toddler and I've resorted to "simple is better"!
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And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Mommy Moments #82

Hey mamas!
Welcome back for another great week of Mommy Moments Link Ups! Thank you for linking up and for spreading the word last week! We had over 60 posts last week which is awesome! I loved reading all of your great posts!

Motherhood has it's seriousness and frustration as well as it's laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!


 This week's most viewed link once again belongs to Sarah from The Gospel At Home. You're on a roll girl! Her post titled Six Truths Learned in Six Years of Marriage is an awesome post packed full of truth for your marriage. Believe it or not, a strong marriage is vital to being a good mama! 


We also have a very special guest host for the next several link ups. Pamela is sponsoring The Life Of Faith for the next 2 months and is also excited to be a part of the Mommy Moments Link Up during that time. Please welcome Pamela from Macdonald's Playland!


Alrighty, now it's time to link up your posts!

1. Follow Host: The Life Of Faith 
2. Link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

3. Add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up!

4. Explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 

5. Tweet or Share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!


The Life Of Faith
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P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!


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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Mommy Moments #81

Hey mamas!
Welcome back for another great week of Mommy Moments Link Ups! Thank you for linking up and for spreading the word last week! We had over 60 posts last week which is awesome! I loved reading all of your great posts!

Motherhood has it's seriousness and frustration as well as it's laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

 This week's most viewed link belongs to Sarah from The Gospel At Home. Her post titled Postnatal-Anxiety: My Experience is a very honest and heart felt post that every mama should read. We all struggle to some extent after our baby is born and there's no shame in admitting that. It's great to hear Sarah's encouragement and positive perspective as she prepares for baby #2!
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We also have a guest host this week! Welcome Jessica from The Silvah Lining!


Alrighty, now it's time to link up your posts!

1. Follow Host: The Life Of Faith 
2. Link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

3. Add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up!

4. Explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 

5. Tweet or Share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!


The Life Of Faith
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P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!

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