Genevieve’s first sentence…


Genevieve spoke her first sentence today, & I feel like it’s very telling of how her personality is going to continue to develop. I tried to push her lawn mower and she said, “No! I do that.” #blog #firstsentence #milestones #babymilestones #18monthsold #firstwords #independentwoman

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Practicing our fine motor skills before we eat our breakfast of eggs and grits.

Practicing our fine motor skills before we eat our breakfast of eggs and grits. #blog | February 28, 2016 at 12:16PM
Practicing our fine motor skills before we eat our breakfast of eggs, bacon, and grits. The Cracker Barrel peg game is a great tool for a toddler to practice fine motor skills by inserting the pegs into the holes. You can also take the time to practice color recognition using the different color pegs.

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Genevieve Is 15 Months Old

On November 6, 2015 Genevieve was 15 months old. Its so hard to believe how fast she is growing!

She has spoken several words at this point, but rarely uses them. She babbles, what seems to be full sentences, all the time. She does recognize many words though. She can follow some simple instructions such ad: sit down, hold my hand, give a hug/kiss, come here, bring that to mommy, etc. 

Even without words Genevieve can express her (very strong) opinions very well – when she doesn’t want a certain food or toy you try to give her she waves both arms in front of her to push the item away.

She walks well now and she loves to dance!

Her favorite toys are ones that play music, but she also likes balls, blocks, and rattling toys.

She is obsessed with muslin blankets and wants one around all the time, but they are a must have for self soothing. She doesnt seem to have a favorite …. Whichever one is in her eye sight is her favorite and if its laundry day and she sees a stack of them, she thinks she needs them all!

Her favorite foods are: cherries, grapes, triscut crackers, dried apples, rice cakes, cheese, and purple hull peas. She also really likes Ella’s Kitchen brand puffs and Plum Organics fruit snacks.

Her favorite books are: This Old Man, That’s Not My Mermaid, Twinkle Toes, The Wheels On The Bus, and Dear Zoo. When she wants you to read her a story, she now brings you the book and climbs in your lap (which I adore)!

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Her stats:
Head circumference: 17 inches
Weight: 20 lbs 11 oz (21 lbs 4 oz at the doctor with clothes on)
Height: 32 inches

Her weight and head percentages ate really low, but they always have been and her height is still at the top!

Weight loss update w/ Exciting News!

This past weekend I had the joy of buying new blue jeans.  Now, normally this is the worst torture imaginable, especially for someone who has yet to come to terms with her weight gain (see my posts on Hashimoto’s) and for whom proper blue jean fit has always been hard to find.

Much to my immense excitement, I was able to purchase a pair of size 12 jeans!  Now this may not seem like a big deal to most people.  In fact, I never thought I would be excited to buy a pair of size 12 jeans, especially when I was still a size 6 (Ha!).  However, since I went up 3 dress sizes between my diagnosis with Hashimoto’s in March of 2012 and my wedding in October of 2012 and an additional 3 dress sizes between my wedding and the start of my pregnancy in December of 2013, my perspectives have changed!

When I bought my wedding dress in January 2012 I weighed aprox. 145 lbs and wore a size 6, when I got pregnant I weighed aprox. 183 lbs, and when I delivered my daughter in August of 2014 I weighed 225 lbs.  Today I weigh 168.6 lbs!  I have dropped from a pant size 16 to a size 12, a shirt size XL to a size L (medium if its man sized or unisex), and size L dress (as long as it give a little – hazards of a busty girl).

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Left is me today wearing my new jeans. Right is me trying them on at Old Navy.

In other news….

I can finally wear my wedding and engagement rings again!!!!  

During my pregnancy, I swelled up really dramatically (I couldnt wear any shoes other than wide flip flops after 12 weeks) and as a result I had to take my rings off (and I barely got them off) at 10 weeks!  Today was the first day that I have been able to wear them again!  I guess its just another example of how pregnancy and giving birth change your body, since I was down to my pre-pregnancy weight within a couple of months of delivering.

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My wedding and engagement rings fit!

And of course my husband had a silly response to my excitement…

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