Samantha | Eleven Months 


This photo shoot says it all. She is one active girl and into EVERYTHING she sees! 

This month she has …

– mastered clapping. 

– started high fiving 

– clapping her hand and / or finger to her mouth to make noise                                         

– blowing kisses 

– eating 100% people food (no purées)

– drinking whole milk

– having tantrums 

We had another ear infection. Really fustrating. I started researching chinese medicine – and think I may dabble in that the next time I see her have symptoms. Just to see .. 

Samantha enjoyed her first easter. 


Samantha loves drinking out of straws 


I don’t think I mentioned this back in January but Sams NY resolution was her paci. I took them away cold turkey , no weaning, and it worked. 

Samantha has 6 teeth. She has been bitten three times at daycare by ‘friends’ and has not bitten anyone. The teacher was terrified to tell me and all I did was laugh out loud. How can I be mad at a little one year old ? 

I can’t believe she will be one ! Time flies! 


Samantha | Ten Months 

 As you can see above, we are on the go these days!  She is a busy body and wants to investigate everything. 

At her last well visit, she measured 29 inches long and weighed 22lbs 1.5 oz. For all you people that have called my little chubby, fluffy or big… You were kind of right (ha!), but that doesn’t open the door for me to accept your nick names. The pediatrician said she is probably going to be a tall girl 😉 fine by me, she will need it for volleyball ! 

Her eyes are green and I LOVE them. The upper 4 teeth are finally coming in, making it 6 total teeth. I’m a fan of the amber necklace! I haven’t had any problems with teething (so far). I have also started brushing her teeth.

Sam has started letting go and standing on her own with MAYBE a step or two. She is content with crawling. 

Other than teeth and trying to walk, there isn’t too much.

She wears anything from 6-9months to 12 months. Her hair is getting thicker and the smiles keep coming ! 

I love her to the moon and back 😉 

Samantha | Nine Months





I have delayed Sam’s eight and nine month update long enough. Sorry 😉

We have two teeth. Two very sharp teeth. They erupted sometime between 7 and 8 months. I’m patiently waiting on 18 other teeth…c’mon already ..

Now that we have those, Sam is able to eat more solid foods. I give her bits and pieces of things I eat. She loves raisins 😉

Around 8 months she started holding onto things and walking. She will go around and around a table until I remove her. She tests herself by letting go. She will stand for a few seconds but purposely falls to her butt.

She loves her crib. When it’s bed time, I lay her on her stomach and she is good to go. At times, I hear her moving around, but she eventually falls asleep with no fussing. Don’t get me wrong,
We do have those moments where she just doesn’t want to go to sleep, and she screams until she goes to sleep… It’s rare, but it happens.

Her estimated weight is about 22lbs.

Sam has mastered the high five and clapping her hands.

She loves playing head butt.

She throws a fit when I sit down for dinner or when others are eating. Coordinating our dinners is just hard.


Sam is wearing 9 months and some 12 month clothes. She is in size three diapers, drinks formula and water. I tried diluted Apple juice and she did not like it. I’m fine with that.

The girl finally has some hair… still not
much but it’s something. Her eyes are green and oh so pretty 😉

I experienced her first fever of 103.3. She was very quiet and lethargic. She just wanted to lay there. No symptoms except a runny nose. Per the pediatrician, Tylenol was the only thing that could help and there was no reason for a visit unless it reached 105.0 (a little out of my comfort zone).

Those are the major things I can remember 😉 Hopefully I did not miss much!

Weekend Wrap-Up (in pictures)


Somebody was tired !


After breakfast, I was lucky and got some sweet cuddle time.






Did our ‘9-month’ photo shoot, even though it’s a week late. I will post update this week.


And I made …
French toast cupcakes with a cinnamon strudel topped with a maple buttercream … I ll share how they turned out soon 😉

Happy Sunday !

Baby Blues

This morning I have been packing up Samantha’s cloths she no longer fits (3-6 months / 6 months). It makes me a bit sad, maybe because she is growing so quickly.

We all understand babies can’t stay a baby forever and I actually look forward to her growing. When I get to work on patients ages 2-4 it makes me wish she would grow quicker, but I also really enjoy her age now – she shows so much love towards me and her dad. I recently said ‘I love that you need me little girl.’ I meant that to the bottom of my heart. I love when she throws her hands up wanting me to pick her up, I love when she leans her head on my shoulder for comfort and I love that just loving on her can make he go from upset to happy!

She has been such a great addition to my life and I find myself question wether I would want another one. I would never want to show her any less love than I do now.

Does any other first time moms have these emotions at all ?

Happy friYAY 😉

Samantha | Eight Months

We’re days away from Sam being 9 months and I haven’t even written her 8 month post yet.

I’ve been so busy lately. I am even typing this via my phone at red lights on the way to daycare.

Here are 8 month photos that were quickly taken before she had a chance to throw a fit.

More coming during 9 month post 😉



Samantha | Seven Months


November 29, Sam turned 7 months. It’s true they grow like a weed. It’s awesome watching her ability to learn new things and adapt them to her daily routines.

We continue with the ear infections, so at her check up they weighed her at 19.7lbs. I know Samantha is in the higher percentile for weight and length but she is not ‘fluffy’ nor is she ‘chubby’ as people like to call her. I get very aggervated when people say things like that.

Sam holds her bottle like a champ. We have started her on a sippy cup for a FEW sips of water during the week.

She is eating more solids and less formula. She absolutely HATES peaches (so far the only thing) and refuses to eat them.

She is crawling, pulling her self up, and standing. Sam is trying to stand on her own but she is not quiet there yet. We have had a lot of falls this month. When she falls, she starts crying and looking for us to get her. I tell her she is okay and smile really big until she starts laughing. Her laughs make my heart melt.

Still no teeth, but she is getting little bumps where her first incisors will be.

She had progressively gotten a little grouchy, I am blaming it on ears and teeth.


We enjoyed our first thanksgiving introducing her to new family she had not met.


Mommy dragged her to her first country concert! We had a lot of fun dancing together.


During FSU football games, Sam has observed a lot of clapping and cheering. She has started clapping her hands like we do. It’s the cutest thing ever.