18 months

It’s been awhile since I have done an update on my little Miss Millie, and I thought her 18 month milestone would be the perfect opportunity to check in. So much has changed since she turned one, it’s hard to keep track of it all. Every day, she does something or learns something new and it is so awesome to see. She really never ceases to amaze me with how much she changes and evolves into this tiny little person with seriously the best personality.

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From the second she was born, Millie has always been an awesome sleeper. We have been down to one 2-3 hour nap a day for a few months now and she still sleeps around 13-14 hours a night. I’m not even kidding. She goes to bed around 7:30 every night and wakes up around 8:30-9:30 every day. It is the most amazing thing ever. I mean, I don’t want to brag, but I don’t feel like I have been sleep deprived because of her since she started sleeping through the night at 2 months. She definitely gets that from her dad’s side of the family, and I’m not even mad about it.

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Millie is still eating like a champ, and is only picky about a few things. She’s really not a huge fan of meat, unless it is covered in ketchup or barbeque sauce or if it is from a restaurant. I don’t know what it is, but she will always eat meat when we are out and about. She loves fruit (mostly bananas and grapes) pretty much all kinds of veggies (especially tomatoes, avocados and green beans), eggs, pancakes, goldfish and spices. Holy cannoli is she her daddy’s daughter. Some of the things she will eat amazes me because it is so spicy! We haven’t really come across anything she really hates, but she will have days where she won’t eat something that she used to love. I can’t say I blame her, I am the same way sometimes. She is weighing in at a whopping 28 lbs, which isn’t far off from where she was at her 12 month appointment and I adore every single one of her baby rolls. Some people just love to pipe up and tell me how chunky she is, and I can’t help but laugh. To me, she is absolute perfection.

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Amelia is babbling all.the.time. now. It’s still hard to make out what she is saying most of the time, but she does have her own words or signs for certain things that we have figured out. She says “ma” for milk and more, “baba” for water, “ouigi” for Luigi the Frog and “ha” with her hand to her mouth for hot. She knows the sign for more, please and thank you. She does this thing where she walks into the kitchen on her tippie toes to look on the counter while dramatically rubbing her belly like “mama, I am soooo hungry!!”. Girl after my own heart! She has just recently started carrying on full conversations with us using the same words over and over again with huge hand gestures and facial expressions. We have absolutely no idea what she is saying, but I have a feeling that we’ll figure it out before too long. All I know is, it is absolutely adorable.

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She loves, loves, loves dancing and music of all kinds. She can reach the radio and turns it on all the time. She loves Motown, Social Distortion, The Muppet station on Pandora and Flogging Molly. Seriously, she is the coolest kid ever. If it’s a song that she really like or that she dances with her Daddy to, she will walk up to us with her arms up so we pick her up and swing with her around the kitchen. Our kitchen is most definitely made for dancing. I wish I was able to link some videos because she does this awesome slow head bob when it’s a song that she is really into. Makes me laugh so much!

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Millie loves to help with anything she can. She likes to “help” unload the dishwasher (as in, play with the soap dispenser while I unload), clean up water and milk spills, pick up her toys (and then dump them back out again), feed Bailey and take her outside, and fold laundry. Such a sweet little girl. I just can’t get over how fast she has grown from a tiny little baby to this beautiful girl. She has her moments of temper tantrums, hitting and what I like to call the “gimmie gimmies”, but it isn’t very often. I adore her with all of my heart and am so excited to see how she continues to grow!

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Also, I’m realizing while writing this post that I use Instagram a lot. Like a lot. I need to get better about using my actual camera!

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mirror mirror on the wall

Ahh, Halloween. One of the most magical days of the year (well, for me anyways…) and I was so excited to have the day off with my little monster. I was more excited for Halloween than my birthday, to be honest. I had the day all planned out. We would take it easy in the morning, lazily eating breakfast and watching some old spooky favorites and then meet up with one of Millie’s besties (and mine!) at the Children’s Museum after nap time. It was perfect. We got them all dressed up in their absolutely freaking adorable costumes and let them loose. They had an absolute blast wandering around exploring everything, it was so fun to see how excited they were. Millie was a blur in most of the pictures, moving too fast for my camera.

That evening, we went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for dinner and a little trick or treating. Millie was is HEAVEN watching the kids come to the door. She was so excited to watch them walk up the sidewalk that they didn’t even have to ring the doorbell, her excited laugh gave it away every time. I wish I would have taken a video. She went to a few houses with Grandpa Grant and Aunt Jeni, but wasn’t nearly as excited about it as she was handing out the candy.

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Of course, I couldn’t let the opportunity pass without doing a little Snow White themed photo shoot. I set up this little scene while Amelia was taking a nap and took a few practice shots with the dog (who is scared for life now) to make sure I had my settings just right. When she woke up, we put her costume on and plopped her down with her new softballs apples and let her play. She was hilarious – pointing at herself in the mirror, saying “oooooo” over and over as she held up her sparkly shoes and played with her bouncy skirt. As much as I want to fight it, Amelia is all girl so far., totally obsessed with shoes and anything she can wear on her wrists. She even uses mason jar lids as bracelets, which she insisted she wear the other night to dinner. Hey, if the setting calls for tablecloths and candle light a girl can accessorize any way she wants! Not much editing needed for these (minus a storybook effect on the collage), and I am so happy with the way they turned out!

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IMG_3568(please ignore the gold outlet in a few of the shots! i’m working on setting up an area for photography, but this is what I have for the time being!)